A series of operations spanning three parishes that were conducted by the Narcotics police between Wednesday and yesterday have reaped major success, with the arrest of four persons, as well as the seizure of more than $2 million worth of cocaine, an illegal firearm and several rounds of ammunition.
Reports are that about 7 p.m., a British woman checked in to board a flight to London at the Sangster International Airport in St James, when she was searched by lawmen and a tin marked cheese was found with cocaine weighing approximately 2.5 pounds.
Narcotics operatives then extended the probe, and two men, one of whom is a British national suspected to be involved in the illicit drug trade, were taken into custody, as they were also found with tins of cheese containing 2.5 pounds of cocaine in a motor car. The vehicle was also seized.
Investigators relentlessly continued their follow-up operations throughout Wednesday night, and about 4 a.m. on Thursday, they were led to a house in Annotto, Bay St Mary. During a search of the house one 9mm pistol loaded with fourteen 9mm cartridges and an ammunition box containing an additional nineteen 9mm cartridges were found. A British woman was arrested in connection with this incident.
As the probe intensified, the Narcotics operatives carried out yet another operation. This time in the Waltham Park Road area of St Andrew. A British man, who is wanted by the British Justice System, was arrested and a small quantity of ganja seized.