RCIPS representatives said the explosives “were imported into the Cayman Islands without the necessary paperwork”.
“The explosives are currently in the possession of the Customs Department,” a statement from the RCIPS indicated.
According to information obtained by the Caymanian Compass, an individual attempted to ship in the explosives via boat when the shipment was stopped by HM Customs in port. The shipment arrived on Island, but it is not known if the individual who had the explosives brought in ever took possession of the container.
Under the Explosives Law (2008 Revision): “Whoever, not being authorised in writing by the managing director [referring to the managing director of the National Roads Authority] in that behalf has in his possession or control, sells, buys, barters, deals in, stores, imports, exports or uses any explosives or aids abets or suffers any person under his control so to do is guilty of an offence…”
The name of the importer listed on the shipment is not being released by the Caymanian Compass because the man has not been charged with any crimes.
Customs Collector Carlon Powery has not responded to repeated requests for comment on this matter.