Drugs seized at port

Customs, Police and Port Authority officials seized a large quantity of drugs at the George Town Port on Thursday morning.

Assistant Collector of Customs Jeff Jackson said the drugs were ‘cleverly concealed’ in several shipping flatbeds in an effort to smuggle them aboard a cargo vessel that was departing to the United States.

Mr. Jackson, who is also head of the Customs Narcotics Enforcement Team, said it was not unusual for drug traffickers to use this method. Local law enforcement agencies have had success in the past in intercepting drugs concealed in shipping containers, he noted.

He declined to release details of this latest seizure because the matter is still under investigation.

However, he did point out that with the increase in shipping activity because of Cayman’s post-hurricane recovery efforts, which have greatly stretched resources, traffickers were attempting to take advantage of the situation to smuggle contraband.

Cayman, like the rest of the Caribbean, continues to be used as a transhipment point for drugs to North American and Europe, Mr. Jackson noted.

Based on information and past successes both locally and overseas, Mr. Jackson said he believed that drugs are regularly shipped through the use of containers as well as other methods.

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