Tag: Charles Clifford

CBC arrests 26 at ORIA with drugs and guns

CBC arrests 26 at ORIA with drugs and guns

| 15/03/2024 | 24 Comments

(CNS): In the two-month period between 15 December and 15 February, Customs and Border Control arrested 26 people at the Owen Roberts International Airport entering or exiting the Cayman Islands carrying drugs or weapons, plus one person for smoking on a plane. Officials said the interceptions, which included ganja, ecstasy, ammunition and guns, were based […]

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Clifford prepares to hand CBC reins to deputy

Clifford prepares to hand CBC reins to deputy

| 13/10/2023 | 34 Comments

(CNS): The director of Customs and Border Control, Charles Clifford, is preparing for a long but what it appears will be a smooth transition to the next head of the critical agency. More than eight months before Clifford retires, his deputy and veteran official Bruce Smith has been confirmed as director-designate.

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CBC finds 2lbs of crystal meth in courier parcel

CBC finds 2lbs of crystal meth in courier parcel

| 26/09/2023 | 24 Comments

(CNS): About two pounds of methamphetamine, also known as crystal meth, has been recovered by Customs and Border Control from a courier parcel. The package was documented as clothes but was selected by officers for examination and the drugs were found. Presumptive field testing was carried out, which indicated the presence of methamphetamine. The substance […]

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Tourist jailed over 0.09gm of fentanyl

Tourist jailed over 0.09gm of fentanyl

| 04/08/2023 | 18 Comments

(CNS): A tourist caught at the airport earlier this year with 90 milligrams of fentanyl powder in his backpack was remanded in custody after being convicted in Summary Court of drug smuggling. Adrian Frederick Scales (26) from the United States was found guilty this week by Magistrate Philippa McFarlane, who said he had deliberately tried […]

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CBC sees increase in ‘personal’ drug imports

CBC sees increase in ‘personal’ drug imports

| 19/07/2023 | 73 Comments

(CNS): Customs and Border Control officers are seeing a significant increase in the number of passengers arriving at Owen Roberts International Airport with drugs in their pockets and in their bags. As the legalisation of ganja spreads across North America, travellers, including the rich and famous, seem unaware of the strict rules here on non-medicinal […]

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CBC boss says changes have reduced Cuban migrants

CBC boss says changes have reduced Cuban migrants

| 18/07/2023 | 14 Comments

(CNS): After a post-Covid surge of Cuban migrants arriving in Cayman waters last year, a change in legislation to allow Customs and Border Control to speed up asylum applications appears to have had an impact. No irregular migrants from the neighbouring island have arrived here since January, as word has spread about the new approach.

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‘Gun for hire’ used in multiple crimes

‘Gun for hire’ used in multiple crimes

| 13/07/2023 | 28 Comments

(CNS): The gun used by Luisto Eusebio Hernandez when he tried to kill his girlfriend’s father was never recovered and is one of a number of weapons still in circulation that are being ‘hired out’ and reused over and over again. During his trial, it emerged that this firearm was also used in two robberies […]

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Over 70 Cubans deported since start of year

Over 70 Cubans deported since start of year

| 01/06/2023 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) repatriated another four migrants to the Republic of Cuba on Monday. The men were accompanied by CBC officers and left Grand Cayman on a non-chartered Cayman Airways flight to Havana at around 6:40pm. The Cayman Islands Government has deported over Cuban 70 migrants since the beginning […]

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Cubans deported as changes speed up process

Cubans deported as changes speed up process

| 09/05/2023 | 6 Comments

(CNS): Changes to the legislation at the end of last year to make asylum claims more difficult for irregular migrants have enabled the Cayman Islands Government to speed up the deportation process for Cuban migrants whose claims have been denied. The CI Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) repatriated six Cuban men from Grand Cayman […]

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Customs order restricts import of older vehicles

Customs order restricts import of older vehicles

| 01/05/2023 | 172 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Government is now restricting the importation of vehicles more than seven years old. About 24,000 vehicles were imported over the last five years, and there are concerns that older vehicles are harder to maintain, cause more pollution and fall short of safety standards. The aim is to curb the number of […]

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CBC officers seize mushrooms and ganja

CBC officers seize mushrooms and ganja

| 11/04/2023 | 35 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Customs and Border Control have arrested three people after two separate drug seizures at the Owen Roberts International Airport. On 31 March and on 2 April, significant quantities of ganja, mushrooms, THC-infused gummies and THC vape cartridges were recovered from passengers, according to a CBC release. Officials said they are seeing an increase […]

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