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Drugs found in CAL aircraft’s baggage hold

A quantity of cocaine was Thursday afternoon found in the baggage hold of a Caribbean Airlines plane shortly after it arrived here from a sister Caribbean country, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport said in a statement.

The airport authority said two packages of cocaine weighing 2.2 kilogrammes were discovered on a Caribbean Airlines flight destined for Toronto, Canada this afternoon, May 23, 2014 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.

The illegal substance was found in the aft hold – the belly of the aircraft – of BW 606, a little after 13:00 hrs.

The aircraft had arrived at 12: 11 hrs from Port of Spain, with an onward connection to Toronto.

After all baggage was offloaded from the aft hold, airline security conducted a sweep of the hold as per Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). During the sweep, the drug was discovered, added the CJIA in a statement.

Law enforcement officers were informed, and an investigation has commenced into the matter.