The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch, C-TOC, is reporting more success in its clamp down on people who breach the Customs Act.
In a statement today from the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, C-TOC says two people have been arrested and charged.
This following the seizure of $5-million worth of illegal cigarettes in Clarendon.
They are 40-year-old businessman, Fitzroy Parkinson, and 47-year-old businesswoman, Claudette Desouza from Water Lane in the parish.
They’re charged with possession of uncustomed goods.
Reports are about 1:30 yesterday afternoon, special operations were done in the area, where 539 cartons of cigarettes were seized. Both were granted bail. They’ll appear in the Lionel Town Parish Court on May 11.
Earlier this month, two Chinese nationals were arrested and charged by C-TOC, following the seizure of almost $500-million worth of counterfeit items on Princess Street in downtown, Kingston.
Almost 2 weeks later, C-TOC raided a business place on Barry Street, also in downtown, Kingston, where two more Chinese nationals were arrested following the seizure of $100-million worth of counterfeit items.
And, last week, C-TOC seized $5-million worth of illegally imported cigarettes in York Town, Clarendon.
A woman was taken into custody in relation to that seizure.