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Customs officer arrested after cocaine bust 

A customs officer is in custody Monday, arrested on suspicion of importing cocaine.

Three men from Venezuela are also being questioned by police after a joint police and customs raid Friday.

Cocaine, thought to be at least two kilos, was recovered from an apartment complex in George Town along with an amount of cash.

A 31 year old man from Bodden Town was also arrested along with a 39 year old woman from West Bay. The woman has been released of police bail and all the men remanded in custody.

Collector of Customs Charles Clifford has confirmed the employee has been suspended from duty.

“While the presumption of innocence must apply in all cases,” Mr. Clifford said.

“I also wish to categorically state that there is absolutely no place in the Customs Department for any officer who is engaged in criminal activity.

“I will not allow the integrity of our hard working and dedicated customs officers to be brought into question because of the conduct of any corrupt officer. Investigations such as this one will be prioritised for obvious reasons.”

Commissioner of Police Derek Byrne added: “It is gratifying to continue to see the benefits of the collaboration between the DSCTF and Customs Enforcement, which has resulted in a number of successful operations recently, including this one.”

About Paul Kennedy

During a career that spans almost three decades, Paul has covered some of the biggest stories in the world for regional and national newspapers. A multi-award winning journalist and published author, he has worked for the past six years producing television news and documentaries in Cayman. Paul is also the host of a weekly football show. His dream story is to find a dog that can play piano.

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