Three British residents are to face the St James Parish court this Wednesday May 17, to answer to charges of breaches under the Dangerous Drugs Act, in relation to two separate incidents that occurred at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay St. James last Saturday, May 6.
They are fifty-nine-year-old Loran Bartley, a retired staff nurse of West Bromwich, thirty-seven-year-old Luke Bradly, a construction director of Erdington, and forty-nine-year-old Burthland Hodges of Erdington all in Birmingham, England.
In the first incident, Bradly was arrested at about 1:45 in the afternoon, while he was in the process of boarding a flight that was destined for Birmingham England.
During routine checks, cocaine weighing approximately 5 kilograms was found concealed in his luggage.
In the second incident, about 4:20 in the afternoon, Bartley was arrested when he was attempting to board the same flight.
He was caught with cocaine also weighing approximately 5 kilograms— the illicit drug was seen concealed in his luggage.
Further investigation by the Police resulted in the arrest of Hodges.
It is believed that he was the co-conspirator, working with Bartley.
Police say Hodges is the organiser for the contraband that was found in the possession of Bradly and that he would source the drug locally and pass it on to carriers.
During the investigation, Hodges was arrested in St. Ann.
The drug has an estimated street value of approximately 58 million Jamaican dollars.
Bartley and Bradly were charged with Possession of cocaine, Dealing in cocaine, Attempting to export cocaine, and Conspiracy to export cocaine.
Hodges was charged jointly with Bradly with conspiracy to export cocaine.
All three men were charged on Wednesday, May 10 after they were interviewed in the presence of their attorneys.