$26-M in cocaine plus cash seized as St James businessman held in St Ann

A St James businessman allegedly held with cocaine remains in police custody today, Monday July 6.

Police said the man from Irwin St James was held at a traffic stop along the Salem main road in St Ann on Saturday night, about 11 suspected of breaching the Dangerous Drugs Act remains in Police custody following his arrest by members of the Narcotics Division in the aftermath of operations that saw the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of cocaine and a large sum of cash on the weekend.

According to police, the man from Irwin, St James was driving an Isuzu motor truck along the Salem main road when he was stopped and his motor truck was searched. It is alleged that 19 parcels of cocaine, weighing approximately 45 pounds, were found, as well as J$86,000 and US$ 1,400. The illicit drugs, with an estimated street value of J$26 million, the cash and the motor truck, along with the suspect’s licensed firearm, were seized.

Following the seizure, the police conducted a secondary operation at the businessman’s home in Irwin, St. James about 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 5. Approximately J$750,000, US$800, forty-four 9mm cartridges and several vehicles were seized.

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