The relative of a prominent Member of Parliament in Central Jamaica has been arrested in connection with a cocaine seizure at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

The incident took place on Monday.

Nationwide understands a suitcase aroused the suspicion of the authorities who carried out a search.

According to the Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, about 7:00 in the morning, anomalies were detected on a suitcase destined for the United States of America during routine security checks.

A search of the luggage was conducted and the illicit drug with an estimated street value of 600 000 US or some 90 million Jamaican dollars was found.

It’s understood a suspect was identified by the authorities, but he fled the scene.

A manhunt was launched and the suspect was subsequently apprehended in the Kingston 6 area.

Nationwide understands the suspect was apprehended at a residential property.

It’s further understood that the Police upon further inspection of the property saw paraphernalia that suggested there was the preparation of drugs for export.

The man was then arrested for reasonable suspicion of breaches of the Dangerous Drug Act.

However, his identity is being withheld pending further investigations.