Rice shipment from Guyana busted with cocaine in Jamaica
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The five bags in which the cocaine was found in a container with a shipment of rice at the Kingston Container Terminal
The five bags in which the cocaine was found in a container with a shipment of rice at the Kingston Container Terminal

THE Narcotics Police made another major drug bust on Monday when cocaine valued at just over $100 million was found among a shipment of rice at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT).

According to law-enforcement sources, the rice was destined for a local distributor, whom detectives were trying to locate up to late Monday. It is the third major drug seizure by

Cocaine was found in a rice shipment from Guyana

detectives from the Narcotics Division in the past six weeks.
In July, 77 kilogrammes of cocaine, valued at $92.8 million, was allegedly seized in a house in Portmore, St Catherine. Earlier this month, the Narcotics Police, with assistance from the military, seized just over 1,700 pounds of ganja, valued at $68 million, during a 10-hour operation in St Mary.

In the latest incident, law-enforcement sources said the police, accompanied by members of the Customs Contraband Enforcement Team, conducted a snap operation at KCT and immediately trained their focus on cargo from specific containers. “Examination of a 40-foot container revealed a total of five leather bags hidden among the shipment,” one source revealed.

According to the source, the bags had a total of 78 parcels, each containing a white powdery substance resembling cocaine. Sources say initial investigation has indicated that the container travelled from Guyana, through Santo Domingo and The Dominican Republic before arriving in Jamaica.

(Jamaica Gleaner)

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