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Updated: Customs Officer, CAL employee arrested on conspiracy to import ganja

A Customs Officer has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to import ganja into the Cayman Islands.

Collector of Customs Charles Clifford on Monday (14 May) announced the arrest of the female officer, as well as, a Cayman Airways employee.

In an email late this evening the Customs Collector clarified the arrest of the Customs Officer and the Cayman Airways employee occurred today (14 May) and they were arrested in Grand Cayman.

These arrests come almost a week-and-a-half after the arrest of another Cayman Airways employee and another passenger. They were held by US Customs and Border Protection officials before boarding a flight bound for Grand Cayman on 29 April.

Earlier we incorrectly reported the two arrests were one in the same.

Mr. Clifford stated this evening that they are not the same people.

Mr. Clifford, in a Customs statement, said the arrest followed a joint Customs and RCIPS investigation.

In his statement, Mr. Clifford said while the presumption of innocence remains, “I will not allow the integrity of our hard-working and dedicated Customs officers and staff to be brought into question because of unchecked criminal conduct by any corrupt officer.” He said the investigation is progressing.

In the Miami arrests US and local authorities were tight-lipped on why they were held and who they were.

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Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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