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Cocaine-laden rice shipment seized in Jamaica

Reproduced from Jamaica Gleaner

Livern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

The five bags in which the cocaine was found in a container with a shipment of rice at the Kingston Container Terminal

The Narcotics Police made another major drug bust Monday when cocaine valued at just over JA$100 million was found among a shipment of rice at the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT).

According to law enforcement sources, the rice was destined for a local distributor, who detectives were trying to locate up to late yesterday.

In the latest incident, law enforcement sources said the police, accompanied by members of the Customs Contraband Enforcement Team, conducted a snap operation at KCT and immediately trained their focus on cargo from specific containers.

“Examination of a 40-foot container revealed a total of five leather bags hidden among the shipment,” one source revealed.

According to the source, the bags had a total of 78 parcels, each containing white powdery substance resembling cocaine.

Sources say initial investigation has indicated that the container travelled from Guyana, through Santo Domingo and Dominican Republic before arriving in Jamaica.

It is the third major drug seizure by detectives from the Narcotics Division in the past six weeks.

In July, 77 kilogrammes of cocaine, valued at $92.8 million, was allegedly seized in a house in Portmore, St Catherine.

Earlier this month, the Narcotics Police, with assistance from the military, seized just over 1,700 pounds of ganja, value at $68 million, during a 10-hour operation in St Mary.