Customs intercepts illegal drugs, firearm at airport

The iconic A-frame waving gallery at Owen Roberts International Airport, scene of many a welcome and farewell since the mid-1980s, closed in 2017. – PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

Two people were detained at the Owen Roberts International Airport Monday for importing an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The couple, a 29-year-old Caymanian man and a 25-year-old woman, was also found with a large value of undeclared household goods, according to customs officials.

On the same day, a 45-year-old American man was arrested for ganja possession at the airport.

The arrests are among 18 made by the Cayman Islands Customs Department in the past three months.

On March 24, customs officers discovered drugs hidden in a toy boat sent by air mail, resulting in the arrest of two people.

Customs collector Charles Clifford said the department’s top priorities include detecting drug and firearm smuggling, and intercepting fraud and revenue evasion.

“At every level and every customs control point, our officers are rededicating themselves to a tough campaign against illicit activities, and I sincerely thank them for their efforts and diligence,” Mr. Clifford said in a press release.

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