JAMAICA:Authorities seize more than a billion dollars in cocaine


KINGSTON, Jamaica– The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Tuesday said it had seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine during an operation in St. Elizabeth, southwest of here, on Monday night.

The HDF said that the drug had a street value over J$1.1 billion (One Jamaica dollar=US 0.008 cents) and that three men assisted in the JDF Coast Guard.

JDF Maritime, Air and Cyber Command (MACC) said, “a collaborative effort was instrumental in intercepting a vessel filled with cocaine destined for Jamaica.”

In a statement, the JDF added that the three detainees and the drugs were handed over to the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Narcotics Division for processing and investigations.

“The 2nd District Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard (2nd Dist JDF CG) was recently commissioned as a Unit less than two weeks ago at Discovery Bay in St Ann. It is a remarkable testament to the diligence and bravery of our soldiers,” said Brigadier Roderick Williams, Brigade Commander of the MACC.

“This is a true validation of our work as Sailors, Airmen, and Operational Planners in what was a collective effort of the MACC and the great proof of concept of the need for growth and transformation in the MACC and the JDF,” he added.


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