Immigration staff arrested for cocaine possession

Two civilian support staff members of the Cayman Islands Immigration Department were arrested midday Saturday for alleged possession of cocaine, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.

According to police, an unmarked patrol car driving through the Patrick’s Island area in response to recent burglaries and reports of illegal shore fishing there located the two men.

Police said the patrol vehicle spotted the men “in a remote location in the bushes” near Reverie Road. An officer became suspicious after questioning the two men about their activities and searched them, finding what appeared to be cocaine.

The men, ages 26 and 31, were arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, possession with intent to supply and possession of a drug utensil. They were released on police bail and had not been charged as of press time.

Acting Chief Immigration Officer Bruce Smith said both men worked as filing clerks and were not responsible for making any administration decisions regarding work permits or other immigration-related applications. Both were expected to be placed on paid leave pending the resolution of their cases.