Local customs officer’s drug running connection

| 22/09/2010

(CNS): Unconfirmed reports that three Caymanian men have been arrested in the UK on charges of importing drugs may also include a local customs officer. Chief Customs Officer Carlon Powery (left) told News 27 yesterday that he was aware of an alleged offence regarding a flight that had left the Cayman Islands for the UK but was not prepared to comment on the connection with one of his officers. Powery said he did not want to withhold any information from the public but the investigation was in the preliminary stage.  CNS understands that the men involved were on a British Airways flight and were arrested on arrival in London with a significant amount of cocaine and may have been assisted by an official at Owen Roberts International.

 
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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hopefully one bad apple won’t spoil it for the bunch, there are some good customs officers. Where is the PR for customs? You never hear from anyone in that department about anything! You hear from RCIP & Immigration but never from Customs, I’m sure the high ranking officers are earning a decent pay check, so lets hear from them.

    What are they doing about the guns & drugs coming to our shores????? Have they increased their inspections or are they only concerned about collecting revenue? While duty is important to collect if the the island is seeing more & more guns and drugs the crime will only get worse and government then has to spend the money earned on the thugs seeking legal aide.

    Guns & cocaine are not manufactured in Cayman so they are coming on island somehow whether its by canoe, container shipment, or personally being trafficked in.  

    Customs tell the public what your doing to protect our boarders, we never hear from you! 

  2. West Bayer says:

    WARNING!!!

    There is no such thing as easy money!!! Rememba dat!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Bound to happen when you have a billion dollar cocaine trade passing through cayman and the hugh money laundering market.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Do these IDIOTS not watch Locked Up Abroad? 

  5. anonymous says:

    I wonder if they were students?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Smuggling cocaine from Cayman to England? You would have thought it would be the other way round..fools!

    • inquiringminds says:

      Read up on Cocaine, you get better dollar value for it in England.

       The most drug trade is Columbia just this week they caught another one of the submersibles that smuggle drugs from Columbia to different parts of the World.

      Now you wonder how the guns get through you just got to have people in the right places.

      Here is my big question WHERE THE HELL IS THE DRUG SNIFFING DOGS? 

      I  fly often and i have not seen one  dog at work at Grand Cayman Airport in years and the one in the Brac only knows the smell of  Kentucky Fried Chicken.

      • Anonymouse says:

        The dogs became accustomed to the smell of leather and fabric from being locked up all day and night in air conditioned cars.

        The handlers are just as useless. No sense wasting any money on them anymore.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I guess Mr Baines’ polygraph tests start to make a lot more sense when you realise how deep the corruption can go.

  8. Bin Laden says:

    Oh ye nation of little faith…….

  9. Anonymous says:

    I do hope they get to the bottom of this, and if there is truth about another officer helping them at Owen Roberts Airport, they are dealt with severly.

    DISGRACEFUL!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Do what you love, and the money will follow 

  11. Anonymous says:

    It is amazing how much damage can be done by a small number of bad apples.

    Trust is a precious commodity. It is like Humpty-Dumpty, once borken, it is almost impossible to restore. Good luck to the police commissioner, he has his work cut out for him.

    • Anonymous says:

      Its a crying shame. what was this person thinking. He is giving mother UK more reason to think we cannot manage our affairs in these Islands and a reason to treat us like Turk and Cacious. I hope he is given the total punishment he deserve

  12. Anonymous says:

    Well now, they are finally starting to look in the RIGHT place!!

  13. anonymous says:

    This is so embarassing for the Cayman islands.  Yet the poor Caymanians are being charged left and right, just for bringing in survival goods from the USA.  I wonder what and how many more are doing this act and trust me it goes both ways. Cayman is being used for transshipments of possibly weapons and drugs.  My God…What have we become?

  14. Anonymous says:

    May  the whole truth be made known.

  15. Anonymous says:

    It seems to me that ifpeople are willing to ship cocaine from here to the UK this must be a real trading place for the substance.  God only knows what comes here on those boats week in week out from Central America.  This is a real, real problem on the island.  I have seen how cocaine destroys lives first hand.  To the customs and police – get this problem under control otherwise, on such a small island, it will control you.  No-one should be above the law.

    • John Evans says:

      You got that right.

      In 2007 I remember querying the volume of drugs being seized and it was clear from the RCIPS reply that the islands are regarded as a major transhipment point. I can’t recall the exact quote but it went along the lines of, "If all the drugs coming through the islands were for domestic use the whole population would be permanently stoned out their brains."

      Be interesting to find out if this was a one-off or part of a regular delivery run.

      • Anonymous says:

        Regular Delivery Run with the help of the Customs Officer(s) at the airport…..common knowledge to lots except the police it seems. Or they are probably involved too.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I bet if it was some Jamaicans held on importation of drugs charge info would a fly all bout.

  17. Around & Around We Go says:

    It was only a matter of time before the cards would fall!!!  In most Drug Operations theirs always someone on the in side making things work…

  18. anonymous says:

    You mean to tell me that these idiots claimed British citizenship just to go to the UK to run drugs?

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    • Dnt 4get Me says:

       It’s actually quite ingenious when you think about it. 

       

  19. Anonymous says:

    Wait; did they leave a message to say poverty & lack of jobs in Cayman made them do it?!

    • Pit Bull says:

      If they blame the Status Grants will the cops in the UK understand them?

  20. cayman guy says:

    man!! one down !! hmmp so we can see a lil behind the scenes now when they get caught! hardly suprising at all!

    thought that was the norm for cutoms!

     

    they hardly ever catch anything coming in so they must be involved!

     

    🙂

  21. Caymanian 2 Da Bone says:

    We need to stop these expats from undermining Cayman’s reputation

    • Anonymous says:

      What does expats have to do with this?  Three CAYMANIAN men.  Read the article before you comment.

    • Anonymous says:

      You go by the tag "Caymanian to da bone" but continually make anti-Caymanian posts. Something does not add up.

      • Caymanian Heart & Soul says:

        Caymanian 2 Da Bone Imitator ( this is not the original Caymanian 2 D Bone & Proud of It) this is someone posting under the same screen name

        you are Anti-Caymanian.

         

        Original Caymanian 2 D Bone & Proud of It, now Caymaninan Heart & Soul

  22. Double six says:

     Corruption starts at the top need i say more!!!!

  23. King Arthur says:

    Not surprised nepotism never works. When honest people are continually harassed or ignored and management are indifferent our just do not care about what is happening. Something and old teacher once said to me "those who don’t care are made to care". Their are big speeches now talking about recovery in 3 months and Economic revival . But if government does not get a grip on Crime and rooting out corruption within Government itself. Where honesty and hardworking people are sought and treated fairly and given a chance at leadership positions then i am much afraid all that will be is just a pile of talk as usual. Their is so much said and so very little done now ain’t that the truth. We have watch the erosion of the Cayman society not by foreigners but by our unscrupulous leadership private and government who seek only materialistic and economic gain instead of trying to help their own people just to survive. Both parties have done very little to remedy this very serious problem which speaks volumes about its membership. They think we have problems now just you wait and see.

  24. Anonymous says:

    What a mess!

    • Just saying... says:

      Why do you post this exact comment on every news item?  Could you maybe vary it a little from time to time to make for more interesting reading?  Thanks.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yeah!  They are truly starting to get smart.  Usually when this stuff happens someone from the law is involved. Drug smugglers have to have a connection with someone who has power somewhere(police, customs,doctors).  Way to go!  Keep up the good work.