Cops Say Cocaine Seized Was Worth $4.5 Billion


Police are updating the information they released earlier Wednesday, July 31, regarding cocaine seized off the coast of St Thomas on Tuesday.

In a release Wednesday evening, the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the police said over 1,193 kilograms of cocaine “valued at approximately U$35 million” was handed over to the Narcotics Police following an anti-narcotics operation by the Jamaica Defence Coast Guard about 60 miles south east of Morant Point in St. Thomas on Tuesday, July 30.

Police had earlier valued the drug at J$1.5 Billion. However the value now given is J$4.5 Billion or three times the earlier referenced value.

Reports are that about 5:45 a.m., the security forces removed fifty bales containing 998 parcels of white substance resembling cocaine. No one was arrested in connection with the seizure. Police have not said where exactly the cocaine was found or the circumstances of the find.

The earlier statement from the police said this seizure was the result of the continued fight against the illicit trade in guns, drugs and human trafficking in Jamaica’s territorial waters.

The Narcotics Police are investigating.

Franklin McKnight

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