A Jamaican visitor who was held last week trying to smuggle more than 15 kilograms of cocaine through the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport has made an appearance in the Magistrate’s Court.
Twenty-two-year-old Jillany Mullings is charged with importation of a controlled drug, as well as supplying or offering to supply a controlled drug.
It is alleged that the accused man arrived in the territory ahead of his luggage on April 14.
It is reported that Mullings returned to the airport on April 18 to collect his five suitcases, which had been in transit.
The court heard that while conducting a routine inspection of the luggage, Customs Officers noticed a white powdery substance seeping from one of the suitcases.
Further checks allegedly uncovered a relatively large quantity of the substance wrapped in carbon paper and concealed in the lining of the suitcase.
Mullings was subsequently detained and police summoned. The drugs amounted to 15.9 kilograms, the court heard.
During a police interview sometime after, the accused man allegedly admitted to being aware of transporting the illicit substance.
He reportedly told police he imported the drugs for ‘personal reasons’.
Mullings is scheduled to return to court on Friday when he will answer to the charges.
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