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Three people have been arrested in what Customs and Border Control officials describe as the largest seizure of the ecstasy drug ever made in Cayman.
The cocaine importation case of David Karl Lobo reached its conclusion Friday in Grand Court when the customs officer was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Lobo was found to have played a “leading role” in a smuggling operation that brought 1.8 kilograms into Cayman in May of 2017.
Sentencing was adjourned in the cocaine importation case of Customs officer David Karl Lobo on Wednesday due to the delayed arrival of social inquiry reports and sentencing submissions.
In her recently released report on the unfinished Owen Roberts International Airport project, Auditor General Sue Winspear stated that there were 60 design errors and omissions made in the redevelopment’s plans.
A Grand Court jury on Friday unanimously convicted customs officer David Karl Lobo on one of two counts of being involved in smuggling cocaine into the Cayman Islands.
The lengthy jury trial of David Karl Lobo, a customs agent accused of being concerned in the importation of cocaine, wrapped up Thursday morning.
The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.
Customs officer David Karl Lobo took the stand in his own defense Thursday and Friday, offering testimony in the Grand Court trial of conspiracy to import cocaine.
Government stated on Friday that legislative changes to facilitate the transition of immigration-related powers to the Workforce Opportunities Residency Cayman, known as WORC, and Customs and Border Control, will not take effect on Jan. 1 as previously announced.
The Grand Court trial of David Karl Lobo, a Customs officer charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, began on Monday morning.
Customs will close its collection office on the Saturday before and after Christmas this year, but will remain open an extra half-hour in the work days leading up the holidays.
The latest session of the Legislative Assembly closed Thursday night, with politicians having passed some 17 bills in six days.
The Cayman Islands new Customs and Border Control agency will have a fresh new look when it opens for business January.
The merger of Immigration and Customs into a joint border control agency could take years to implement, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.
A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.
A civilian employee at the Customs warehouse pleaded not guilty to two charges of theft when he appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday.
The Department of Immigration graduated a class of nine new officers Friday, marking the final recruitment cohort before the department merges with Her Majesty’s Customs service in 2019.
Two civilian employees of the Customs Department appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday charged with theft.
Returning from a trip abroad and clearing customs has not only become quicker after the scrapping of customs forms for passengers who have nothing to declare; it will also become cheaper following an increase of the personal duty allowance from $350 to $500 per person.
Three people, including two Caymanians and an American, were arrested over the past several days attempting to bring illegal drugs into the Cayman Islands, Her Majesty’s Customs service reported Monday.
Significantly increased levels of cocaine trafficking in the Cayman Islands were noted by Her Majesty’s Customs service, as well as the Royal Cayman Islands Police.
Her Majesty’s Customs in the Cayman Islands will scrap a requirement to fill out bureaucratic forms for the majority of travelers to the British Overseas Territory.
Blaze, a silky-coated beagle-mix, is retiring after four years of service on the customs K-9 unit and is looking for a new home.
The Department of Immigration’s Enforcement Division arrested seven people suspected of being in breach of immigration law as part of an operation that included 30 spot checks in the past two weeks
Two Cayman Airways employees have been arrested within the past month in relation to ongoing drug investigations.
Suspended customs officer Claude Anthony Terry was found not guilty on Friday of unlicensed firearm charges dating from August 2016.
The trial of customs officer Claude Terry continued on Wednesday, with jurors hearing a taped interview in which he answered questions about a firearm found in a plastic box in the water tank behind his Cayman Brac apartment on Aug. 23, 2016.
Two witnesses told a Grand Court jury on Monday about seeing a padlocked box in a water tank outside a Cayman Brac apartment occupied by Customs officer Claude Anthony Terry.
A senior officer with Her Majesty’s Customs service was arrested Friday on suspicion of evading customs duty.
“Behind the scenes” (i.e. at the cargo port), Customs plays a pivotal role in our islands’ security, economy, governance and ordinary business activity – all of which depend on smooth and efficient Customs processes.
Four-week waits to receive vehicle parts or three-week waits to receive shipped goods from local customs agents that have occurred in the past few months are not the norm, according to Customs Collector Charles Clifford, who responded in detail this week to questions from the Cayman Compass concerning a number of public complaints about delays in receiving imported items.
The border enforcement duties now being performed by the Cayman Islands Immigration Department will be merged with Her Majesty’s Customs service as part of an overall crime-fighting strategy being pursued by the Progressives-led government, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Wednesday.
United States border control officials were in Grand Cayman this week to sign a first-of-its-kind agreement that will enable passengers arriving from Miami to clear customs and immigration pre-flight.
Many government offices will be closing early Friday in preparation for the Christmas holidays and will remain closed until Wednesday, Dec. 27. Below are the closing times for several offices.
The Customs Department Collections Office will open for longer hours to accommodate Christmas package retrieval.
Former customs officer Floyd Vashni Bush received suspended sentences on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to unrelated charges of evading customs duty and assault.
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Paul Pearson and his company Davenport Development have built and sold more than two dozen apartments at an unfinished South Sound condominium complex, but as of Wednesday, they could not get hold of the windows required to complete the outside of the building.
Officials are delaying for about a week the implementation of a new customs department declarations system aimed to facilitate online payments for stamp duty from businesses because of what were described as technical “glitches.”
The primary issue is the assumption that government should police personal morality – a dangerous notion, at best.
The Customs Department will roll out a new online process beginning Nov. 1 to make it easier for importers to clear goods electronically. “This will be the first phase of the business modernization and refining process that Customs will embark on over the next three years,” said Collector of Customs Charles Clifford.
Whilst [it] is perfectly open for investigatory agencies to comment publicly about the submission of files to this office, it is not our general policy to do so.
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Customs officers are continuing to investigate an attempt to import a sugar glider possum into the Cayman Islands last week.
Two people were arrested by Cayman Islands Customs officers after a small exotic animal called a sugar glider got loose on a Cayman Airways flight from Miami.
Fourteen Customs officers have graduated after completing four months of training.The average grade was 83 percent, according to a press release.
The Cayman customs service has fired two employees since mid-2015 and has two more now on required leave, Collector Charles Clifford confirmed this week. A customs officer and an office administrator currently on paid leave were suspended after criminal charges were filed them.
Officers from the United Kingdom Coastguard arrived in the Cayman Islands this week to review the country’s search and rescue capabilities. The police came under fire earlier this year when three men and two boys, ages 9 and 11, went missing at sea and emergency searchers did not deploy until the next morning.
The Customs Department at Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman has introduced red and green customs channels in a bid to streamline the duty declaration system.
Ten months after a Honduran fishing vessel was impounded by Cayman authorities, attorney John Furniss successfully argued for its return to its owner after payment of costs for “transporting and keeping” the vessel.