Over the past year, the vigilance of the Ports Security Corps (PSC) led to the detection and seizure of various contraband.
Opening the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 2, Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Robert Montague, said these include 99.2 kilograms of marijuana, 11.93 kilograms of cocaine, five firearms, 774 assorted rounds of ammunition and 27 firearm magazines.
He said the Ports Security Corps has also seen to the repair of the facility at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA). “We are also working this year to release our marine security certification,” he added.
The Ports Security Corps is the only Certified Aviation Security Provider in the region for airports/aerodromes and is the Recognised Security Organisation (RSO) for seaports.
The Ports Security Corps was incorporated in 1989 to safeguard all publicly owned ports and airports throughout Jamaica. Its primary function is to reduce trade in illicit goods through airports and seaports and to implement a programme for restricted access to these sensitive areas.
Following approved modernisation plans by Cabinet, the Ports Security Corps Ltd. became the sole entity authorised to operate and provide security in designated sensitive and restricted areas and zones at several aviation and maritime locations.