Two St Andrew-based businessmen, suspected to be major players in the illicit drug trade, have been charged by the police.
50 year old Winston Graham and 52 year old Franklyn Thompson were charged last night with drug trafficking and money laundering.
This followed a major anti-narcotics raid on Sunday in which the cops seized nearly 30 pounds of cocaine and more than 20 million Jamaican dollars.
Two other suspects held in the operation have been released.
Mr. Graham, an exporter, who operates a warehouse along Spanish Town Road, was charged after the cops raided his Smokey Vale residence and seized 17 million dollars stashed in his bedroom, kitchen and bathroom.
Mr. Thompson was also charged after the cops seized millions of dollars under his bed along Deanery Drive in St Andrew.
The men were taken into custody after the cops intercepted a vehicle on Deanery Drive in Vineyard Town and seized nearly 30 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than 30 million dollars.
Based on information gathered from that scene, the team went to Smokey Vale where a 2012 BMW motor car and 17 million Jamaican dollars were seized at Mr. Grayham’s home.
In addition, the cops also seized four high end motor vehicles, a licensed 9 millimetre firearm along with 36 rounds of ammunition.
Mr. Grayham and Mr. Thompson are booked to appear in court next week Tuesday.
In the meantime, the police say operatives from the newly launched Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (M.O.C.A.) have now joined in the investigation of the matter.
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