Police Report Significant Drop in Drug Mules


The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that based on its heightened surveillance activities and intelligence, a significant dent has been made in the number of drug mules smuggling narcotics out of the country.
Statistics from the Narcotics Division show that the number of drug mules arrested last year fell by 19 per cent when compared with the figure for 2006.
“Throughout 2007 we arrested a total of 5,496 persons for drugs, a significant reduction from the 6,793 persons arrested in 2006,” Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police, Carlton Wilson disclosed during an interview with JIS News.
The Acting ACP, who heads the Narcotics Division, pointed out that of the persons arrested, 5,257 were Jamaicans, with 4,927 being males and 330 females. Foreign males and females accounted for 174 and 65 arrests, respectively. The British accounted for 119, Americans 51 and Canadians 22.
According to Mr. Wilson, of the 6,793 drug mules arrested in 2006, 6,039 were Jamaican males and 403 were females. Foreign males accounted for 257 and females 94.
Meanwhile, he explained that 171 persons were arrested at the Norman Manley International Airport and 220 persons at the Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay last year. Of those arrests, 121 persons were destined for the United Kingdom, 17 for Canada, 21 for the USA and 17 for Curacao.
“Drug users are all across the social spectrum of the country and they use all sorts of means to smuggle the drugs. These include body packing, swallowing, storing in commercial goods, appliances and wood carvings, and in one instance last year, jacuzzis,” ACP Wilson pointed out.
He further noted that the drug mules ranged between the very young and the very old people, who are trying to deceive through their age. “[You find] people who are in wheelchairs, people over 70 years old, people who are blind, you find them packed with drugs going out of the country from time to time,” he said. Mr. Wilson appealed to drug mules and other persons involved in the drug trade to desist. “It is very damaging to your body and you need to look around and see what it has done to your colleagues and other people. You can pay visits to the rehabilitation centres, speak to people who are actually involved to get the stories first hand,” he said.
“It is totally destructive. If you want to continue a normal, good life, desist from doing drugs,” he warned.
The Narcotics Division has a mandate to report on the eradication, interdiction and demand reduction of drugs throughout the country.

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