November 25, 2020

Customs arrest at Cayman Islands ORIA: Smuggling of ganja

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From The Cayman Islands

A Caymanian national was arrested on Sunday, 9th September at the Owen Roberts International Airport with approximately 9lbs of ganja.

The 34-year-old male was arrested for suspicion of importation of ganja, possession of ganja, possession of ganja with intent to supply, as well as attempting to bribe a Customs officer.

The male suspect had arrived on a Cayman Airways flight from , Florida. Customs officers, in their ongoing effort to protect the country’s borders, became suspicious and carried out a secondary examination of his luggage. Several packages of ganja were found.

As a result of this arrest, Customs narcotics enforcement officers and RCIPS officers conducted a joint operation, in which the man’s house was searched and paraphernalia found. The man was booked and held in custody pending further investigation.

Assistant Collector of Customs Tina Campbell who has responsibility for the Customs Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET) said that the Customs Department wishes to remind the public that the importation and possession of ganja, or other illicit drugs, remain criminal offences.

Confirming the arrest, of Customs Jeff Jackson, who has responsibility for the Customs Border Protection Portfolio, added: “Officers’ increasing vigilance prevented these drugs from entering our country. It also sends a message that violators who intend to breach our laws will be intercepted and charged for the offences. This is another excellent seizure that demonstrates our officers’ dedication to enforcing the Customs’ mission and protecting the public from illegal drugs.”

“Furthermore the Customs Department, with our partner agencies, has the capability to leverage significant seizures into wider investigations, both domestic and foreign to ensure that those engaged in smuggling of illegal drugs are brought to justice.”

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