Thursday 22 August, 2019

Customs Officer arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling

Stock Photo: Customs Officers find drugs in luggage.

Stock Photo: Customs Officers find drugs in luggage.

A Cayman Islands Customs Officer is among five individuals arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling on Friday.

According to reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), the Customs Officer is among three Venezuelans and a Caymanian woman arrested during a joint operation by the Drugs and Serious Crime Task Force (DSCTF) and Customs Enforcement.

The operation was conducted at an apartment complex in George Town.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of importation of cocaine, possession of cocaine and possession with intent to supply:

A  51-year-old man  of Venezuela, currently in Police custody;

A 32-year-old man of Venezuela, currently in Police custody;

A 22-year-old man of Venezuela, currently in Police custody;

Two others were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the importation of cocaine:

A 31-year-old man  of Bodden Town, currently in Police custody;

A  39-year-old woman of West Bay, currently on Police bail.

Reports are that the Customs officer said to be involved in the ordeal has been placed on leave pending the outcome of investigations and any judicial proceedings that may result.

Checks made by Loop News have revealed that it is not the first time allegations had been levelled against the Customs Officer in question.

In 2010, the Customs Officer was involved in a scandal in which cocaine filled cakes left the Island’s Owen Roberts Airport.

However the charges brought against him 2010 were subsequently dropped after he was found “not guilty” in a unanimous verdict.

 

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