Drugs seized at port in Kingston valued at over $9 billion Loop Jamaica

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Police are reporting that the cocaine seized at a port in Kingston on Saturday has an estimated street value of over $9 billion.

Police said that over one thousand five hundred kilograms of cocaine valued at US$80 million, was confiscated during a multi-agency operation. No one was arrested in connection with the seizure.

Sleuths from the JCF Narcotics Division, the Jamaica Defence Force, and the Jamaica Customs Agency made the discovery at about 3 am, following the search of a cargo vessel coming from South America.

The operation, according to the JDF, is part of the continued efforts of the security forces in Jamaica to repel transnational criminal organisations seeking to take advantage of Jamaica’s geo-strategic significance in world trade by exploiting legitimate cargo moving through the country’s maritime domain.

“With the bolstering of our maritime assets, the JDF is now better equipped to identify and interdict suspect vessels offshore and provide the required support to other arms of our nation’s security mechanism to make Jamaica a safer country for our citizens,” JDF said in an Instagram post.