Manchester businessman arrested by Narcotics Police

A Manchester businessman is one of two persons who were arrested by the Narcotics Police in a major drug bust in the parish yesterday.

According to the Narcotics Police, the men were held with more than six kilograms of cocaine valued at more than $8 million along the Hatsfield main road.

The police say during a secondary operation at the home of the 46-year-old businessman, investigators seized US$13,500, J$449,000 as well as British and Canadian currencies.

The police say his licenced firearm along with three magazines containing more than 50 rounds of ammunition was also seized and will be handed over to the Firearms Licensing Authority.

The Narcotics Police say the businessman will be interviewed in the presence of his attorney before being charged with possession of, dealing in, and taking steps to export cocaine as well as possession of criminal property.

It’s reported that the two men were travelling in a motorcar when they were signalled to stop.

According to the police, a total of 36 ladies handbags were found in a suitcase on the backseat of the car.

The police say a detailed search revealed that all the bags had a false compartment containing a white powdery substance believed to be cocaine.