(CMR) Eight American cruise ship passengers who allegedly tried to leave Jamaica with cocaine valued at approximately $130 million were arrested on Wednesday.
According to local reports, the police believe the eight are part of a transnational drug trafficking syndicate operating between the United States and Jamaica..
According to the Jamaica Constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit, the eight cruise line passengers arrived in Ocho Rios, St Ann, from Miami, Florida, on Wednesday and disembarked the vessel. At about 1:30 p.m., they were re-boarding the vessel for departure when anomalies were detected in their luggage.
During a search of their luggage by members of the Narcotics Division, a total of 24 packages containing cocaine, weighing just over 17 kilograms or 38 pounds, were found concealed in their bags.
The passengers were arrested for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act. The police say their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.