Two separate drug busts were made at departure points in the country’s two major cities on Wednesday.
In both busts, the drugs were reportedly destined for Canada.
One Canadian national was arrested and charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act. His name is being withheld pending investigations.
Reports from the police are the Canadian man checked in and was waiting to board a flight at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. The flight was destined for Canada.
During security checks, a dog from the police canine division drew attention to the man’s suitcase.
A preliminary search detected the contraband.
Detectives attached to the Narcotics Division were contacted and further searches revealed 14 packages of cocaine in a false compartment in the suitcase.
The drugs weighed about 5.5 kilograms. It has an estimated value of $6.6-million. The man was subsequently arrested.
Meanwhile, at about the same time in Montego Bay detectives from the Narcotics Division along with officers from the Contraband Enforcement Team seized a quantity of hashish at a popular courier service warehouse.
Reports are the teams were conducting routine security screenings on export cargo shipments destined for Canada when the hashish was found.
Hashish or hash is a drug made from cannabis.
While herbal cannabis is referred to as marijuana, hashish is cannabis resin. It’s consumed by smoking a small piece, typically in a pipe.
Approximately fourteen ounces of the drug were found concealed in jars and seasonings.
It has an estimated street value of CAD$3,200. No arrest was made in connection with the find.