A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.
Michael Junior Palmer, a Jamaican national, was apprehended by Customs officers on Friday night.
According to a press release from Customs, Mr. Palmer arrived in Cayman on a Cayman Airways flight from Kingston.
Mr. Palmer’s bags were searched by customs officers, who allegedly found five pounds of cocaine inside them, the court heard.
Crown counsel Toyin Salako told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that Mr. Palmer is in Cayman on a work permit and that she has no knowledge of prior convictions on his record.
The magistrate told Mr. Palmer that he could be looking at “double-digit years” of incarceration if he is found guilty.
“That’s how serious it is,” Mr. Foldats said of the importation charge.
The magistrate refused bail because of the gravity of the charges against Mr. Palmer, and he will be back in court for his next appearance on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
According to the Customs press release on Tuesday morning, the drugs, which were concealed in food product boxes, were seized in a joint operation between Customs and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.