Stronger Customs Enforcement Looms
The Customs Department has confirmed the arrests of a male visitor on Thursday 6 November and a female visitor on Monday 3 November 2014.
The male visitor is presently on bail on suspicion of possessing vegetable matter resembling ganja. Meanwhile the female visitor, in whose carry-on luggage officers found a single bullet, was charged with possessing an illegal firearm. She has since appeared in Summary Court, pled guilty and been ordered to pay CI$1000.00 in costs, or serve 90 days.
Commenting on the case Collector of Customs, Ms. Samantha Bennett, remarked: “Despite the evolving range of challenges at our borders and other Customs controlled areas, partnerships are consistently proving essential in addressing the challenges of today and tomorrow”.
As an example of such collaboration Ms Bennett said that Customs would, “continue to work with the Department of Tourism on an education campaign that outlines for visitors what items are restricted and prohibited in the Cayman Islands.”
“Over the past couple of months we have seen a constant increase in the detection of such items being brought in by casual visitors,” she noted.
Deputy Collector (Enforcement), Mr. Marlon Bodden, added, “Effective enforcement cannot be achieved without motivated officers. Our officers are already doing a great job and stronger enforcement is looming.”
Emphasising that with the festive season approaching Customs would like support legitimate trade and travel, Mr Bodden went on to say: “We are therefore pleading with the public to make the necessary disclosures to authorities and not to take illegal items or substances on travel to the Cayman Islands”.
Anyone with information relating to the transport of restricted and prohibited items across the Cayman Islands borders is asked to contact HM Customs’ confidential tip-line on 1-800-534-8477, to email email@example.com, or to telephone Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).