One of the four stevedores arrested following the seizure of approximately 10. 2 kilograms of cocaine on a vessel at the container terminal in Kingston on Sunday, July 28 has been charged.
He has been identified as 44-year-old Shawn Taylor of Kingston 14.
He has been charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and conspiracy to import cocaine.
Taylor is scheduled to appear before the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday, August 7.
Reports are that on Saturday, July 27 about 3:15 a.m., Taylor was among a group of workers aboard a vessel that arrived in the island from Columbia with cargo. While the stevedores were off loading the containers, eight packages of cocaine were found in Taylor’s possession. The police and members of the Contraband Enforcement Team were contacted and a search of the vessel revealed an additional 10 packages of cocaine concealed under the spare anchor on the bow.
Jamaica Today had earlier reported that police took four persons into custody. Taylor is the only one charged.
The drug has an estimated street value of J$13.3 million.