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Airport employee busted with $2 billion worth of cocaine destined for US

An employee at the Norman Manley International Airport was busted with cocaine worth an estimated two billion dollars. 

Reports are that at about 9:45 a.m. on Thursday (December 10) a team from the Narcotics Division searched a vehicle belonging to the airport employee and 239 packages of cocaine were found.

According to the police, the search was conducted as part of a seasonal operation.

Investigations have since revealed that the drugs—which weighs 611 pounds (278 kilograms)—was destined for the United States of America, where the going rate is USD 50,000 per kilogram.

 The employee was arrested and remains in police custody.

The Narcotics Police have since issued a warning that they have increased their presence at strategic locations across the island.

The division’s leadership says Thursday’s bust is an indication of the team’s resolve to stop illegal drug trafficking and reiterated a warning for would-be drug traffickers to desist. 


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