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Visiting Cayman for my granddaughter’s birthday, I arrived in George Town on Cayman Airways Friday night, 7 Feb. It’s very important for me to...

Customs makes record ecstasy bust

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.

Drug-smuggling customs officer jailed for 16 years

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 delayed in Customs officer’s cocaine case

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.

Airport sign gaffe widely shared on social media

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.

Customs agent guilty in cocaine case

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.

Jury deliberates in customs officer’s drug importation trial

The lengthy jury trial of David Karl Lobo, a customs agent accused of being concerned in the importation of cocaine, wrapped up Thursday morning.

A look back at the year that was

The year 2018 was an eventful one for the Cayman Islands.

Customs officer in cocaine importation case takes stand

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.

Immigration legislation delayed

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.

Customs officer’s cocaine importation trial begins

The Grand Court trial of David Karl Lobo, a Customs officer charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, began on Monday morning.

Customs announce holiday collections opening hours

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.

Legislative Assembly adjourns with 17 bills passed

The latest session of the Legislative Assembly closed Thursday night, with politicians having passed some 17 bills in six days.

Border agency reveals new logo

The Cayman Islands new Customs and Border Control agency will have a fresh new look when it opens for business January.

Border control merger a ‘multi-year’ project

The merger of Immigration and Customs into a joint border control agency could take years to implement, Premier Alden McLaughlin said Wednesday.

Cocaine seized by Customs at airport

A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.

Two Customs warehouse staff in court for theft

A civilian employee at the Customs warehouse pleaded not guilty to two charges of theft when he appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday.

Final graduating class for Department of Immigration

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.

Customs employees in court

Two civilian employees of the Customs Department appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday charged with theft.

Duty-free allowance to rise to $500

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.

Drugs seized at airport, post office

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.

Customs makes 58 drugs arrests during 2017

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.

Customs form scrapped for most Cayman travelers

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.

Customs K-9 dog retires in ‘Blaze’ of glory

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.

Seven arrested in immigration sweeps

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 arrested in drug probes

Two Cayman Airways employees have been arrested within the past month in relation to ongoing drug investigations.

Customs officer not guilty of firearm offenses

Suspended customs officer Claude Anthony Terry was found not guilty on Friday of unlicensed firearm charges dating from August 2016.

Jury hears Customs officer’s taped interview in gun case

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.

Firearm found in water tank, jury hears

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.

Customs officer arrested for evading duty fees

A senior officer with Her Majesty’s Customs service was arrested Friday on suspicion of evading customs duty.

EDITORIAL – Customs duties: Re-examining a vital agency

“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.
Shipping containers at Port Authority

Customs addresses shipment delay complaints

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.

Border control: Premier: Immigration-Customs to merge

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.

New pilot program allows passengers to Cayman to pre-clear in Miami

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.

Holiday closures

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.

Customs Department announces holiday hours

The Customs Department Collections Office will open for longer hours to accommodate Christmas package retrieval.

Former customs officer guilty of duty offenses, assault

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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Development projects held up by customs ‘glitches’

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.

‘Glitches’ delay new customs IT system

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.”

EDITORIAL – ‘I’m pickin’ up good vibrations’: Ah, there’s the rub

The primary issue is the assumption that government should police personal morality – a dangerous notion, at best.

Customs to launch electronic clearing system Nov. 1

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.

LETTER – Director of Public Prosecutions Response to Compass ‘snail bail’ editorial

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.

Exotic species

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Exotic pet probe continues

Customs officers are continuing to investigate an attempt to import a sugar glider possum into the Cayman Islands last week.

Sugar glider gets loose on Cayman Airways plane; two arrested

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 complete training

Fourteen Customs officers have graduated after completing four months of training.The average grade was 83 percent, according to a press release.

Customs fires two employees; other cases being ‘resolved’

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.

UK Coastguard reviewing Cayman’s search and rescue capabilities

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.

New customs channels at airport

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.

Fishing boat used to import drugs to be returned to owner

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.

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