Collector confirms drugs investigation

Cayman Islands Customs Collector
Carlon Powery confirmed Wednesday that one of his officers has been placed on
leave – and has recently had that leave extended – while authorities in the
United Kingdom investigate a drug case with a possible Cayman connection.

The officer, whose name is being
withheld by the Caymanian Compass because he has not been charged with a crime
or accused of any administrative wrong-doing, was placed on paid leave from HM
Customs in late September for 30 days. The leave was extended this week, Mr.
Powery said.

The allegations against the officer
relate to an incident earlier this year at a UK airport where three men were
arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession, Mr. Powery said.

The three men were all believed to
be from the Cayman Islands, although UK authorities have released no
information on the case and attempts to contact the relevant authorities in
England have proved fruitless.

Mr. Powery said he had been
provided with little information as the allegations against the suspended
customs officer.

“I was hoping that the
investigating team would have been able to say that there’s evidence to move
forward….or to exclude him,” he said. “Unfortunately, the arrests were in the
UK and it seems like those guys on that end are doing very little talking.”

The Royal Cayman Islands Police
Service said it is aware of the UK investigation and is working with
authorities there on the case.

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