DETECTIVES from the Narcotics Division of the constabulary on Sunday seized a quantity of cocaine and arrested a 38-year-old female taxi operator for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act after she attempted to board a flight at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.

A police report said about 5:20 pm, the woman arrived at the airport to board a flight destined for the United States. The report said Port Security officers observed abnormalities during an x-ray of a pair of slippers she was wearing and notified the narcotics police. A detailed examination of the slippers revealed cocaine concealed inside them, said the police report.

“She then confessed to having inserted cocaine inside her body and was then taken to hospital where a cylindrical object was removed. Another pair of slippers stuffed with cocaine was also found in her suitcase,” said the police.

According to the police, the cocaine weighed a combined total of 3.7 kilogramme and has an estimated street value of $3.9 million.

The woman, whose name was not released, will be formally interviewed in the presence of her attorney and charged with possession of cocaine, dealing in cocaine and taking steps preparatory to export cocaine.

She will appear in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Thursday.

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