Wednesday 23 May, 2018

Cayman Airways employee and Customs Officer arrested

A female Customs Officer and a Cayman Airways employee were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to Import Ganja into the Cayman Islands and other related offences.

The Collector of Customs Charles Clifford confirmed the arrests in a release on Monday.

The Collector said that the arrest followed a joint Customs and RCIPS investigation.

 Clifford thanked the police for their invaluable assistance with this matter and said “This is yet another manifestation of the value of joint Customs, Police and Immigration operations.

 “While the presumption of innocence must apply in all cases, I have said before and it is appropriate that I say again, I will not allow the integrity of our hard working and dedicated customs officers and staff to be brought into question because of unchecked criminal conduct by any corrupt officer,” Clifford said.

“Investigations such as this one must be prioritized in all primary law enforcement agencies for obvious reasons; any officer who is engaged in criminal activity is clearly a serious threat to the national security of our country,” he added.

In commenting on the arrest of the Customs officer, Deputy Collector of Customs Jeff Jackson, who has responsibility for the Customs Border Protection Portfolio, said, “We will aggressively investigate allegations of criminal acts and administrative misconduct by any of our staff in order to preserve the honour and integrity of the Customs Department.”

 The Collector further said that it is important for him to assure Customs staff and the public that there is absolutely no place in the Customs Department for any officer who is engaged in criminal activity.

The investigation is progressing.