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Jamaica seizes $80m worth of cocaine in one of its biggest drug busts

In one of the largest drug busts in Jamaica, authorities have confiscated cocaine worth an estimated $80m (PS74m).

The Jamaica Constabulary Force reported that officials discovered the shipment in a cargo vessel at Kingston’s port late Saturday night.

Police reported that a search of the cargo vessel from South America revealed more than 1,500kg cocaine. The cocaine had been divided into 50 bags, each containing 1,250 packages.

Transnational criminal organizations have used Jamaica as a hub to transport weapons and drugs. They also send cocaine to North America, Europe and North America.

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The Jamaican Defence Force stated that it will continue fighting criminals who want to “take advantage” of Jamaica’s geo-strategic importance in international trade by exploiting legitimate cargo.

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The ship that was found to have cocaine on it was not identified by the police or the defense force and therefore no arrests were made.

Interpol, a global police agency, reported that Jamaican authorities had busted 500kg of cocaine in October.

The items are estimated to be worth approximately $20 million and will be shipped by private jet to Canada.

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