Tag: Customs and Border Control Agency

Gold smuggling case expands to US, Panama

Gold smuggling case expands to US, Panama

| 23/07/2019

(CNS): The ongoing gold smuggling investigation, which began in the Cayman Islands in May after officials found cash hidden in the floor panelling of a private aircraft, has expanded to include law enforcement authorities in the United States and Panama. The RCIPS and the Cayman Customs and Border Control (CBC) Agency was already working with […]

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Specialist canines sniff out $400k in cash

Specialist canines sniff out $400k in cash

| 07/07/2019 | 10 Comments

(CNS): Specially trained sniffer dogs acquired by Customs and Border Control (CBC) have helped that agency and police seize more than $400,000 over the last 18 months, which has in some cases been connected to criminal activity. The dogs have sniffed out the cash at the airport and during residential busts, uncovering money believed to […]

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CBC reveals major ecstasy bust

CBC reveals major ecstasy bust

| 02/07/2019

(CNS): The Customs and Border Control (CBC) has now revealed that in May the agency made the largest seizure of the drug ecstasy in the Cayman Islands to date, though officials did not reveal the size of the haul, which was discovered at the Airport Post Office. The CBS issued a press release Friday outlining […]

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UK signs OTs up for regional treaty

UK signs OTs up for regional treaty

| 20/06/2019 | 1 Comment

(CNS): Britain’s ambassador to Cuba, Antony Stokes, signed up most of the UK’s Caribbean Overseas Territories to a new Caribbean Customs Organisation (COO) recently at the 41st Annual Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council (CCLEC) in Havana. The treaty provides a legal framework to formalise and enhance an existing MOU first signed in 1989. It allows […]

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Audit was at ‘challenging time’ says Customs

Audit was at ‘challenging time’ says Customs

| 07/06/2019 | 29 Comments

(CNS): The Customs and Border Control Agency has responded to an audit report of its predecessor, the Customs Department, which was made public Thursday. The CBC noted that it was undertaken at a “particularly challenging time”, when the staff were in the middle of a number of new initiatives, including the roll-out of a new […]

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Auditor finds customs falling short

Auditor finds customs falling short

| 07/06/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): Although customs is responsible for collecting around $165 million per year in duties, fees and fines, amounting to over 20% of government revenue, the auditor general found a number of shortcomings at the unit, including a lack of any plans and a failure to manage duty waivers. In her latest report, based on an […]

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Four arrested following raid on GT bar

Four arrested following raid on GT bar

| 03/06/2019

(CNS): Two women, aged 58 and 39 from George Town, were arrested on suspicion of illegal gambling and two men, aged 18 and 21, were arrested for possession and consumption of ganja following a raid Friday lunchtime at a bar in downtown George Town. Police said they conducted a joint operation with officers from the […]

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Cayman needs to be alert to people-trafficking

Cayman needs to be alert to people-trafficking

| 28/05/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Police Commissioner Derek Byrne has said Cayman Islands law enforcement agencies need to be alert to the issue of people-trafficking, even though it is not as much of an issue here yet as it is elsewhere in the region. Following a number of recent court cases indicating that human trafficking may be the underlying […]

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Jamaicans arrested in ongoing cocaine case

Jamaicans arrested in ongoing cocaine case

| 13/05/2019

(CNS): Six months after authorities seized over four pounds of cocaine at Owen Roberts International Airport, two Jamaican nationals living in the Cayman Islands have been arrested on drug charges; one has also been arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm. According to a release from the Customs and Border Control (CBC) Agency, the […]

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CIG to spend millions addressing CFATF report

CIG to spend millions addressing CFATF report

| 09/04/2019 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The government will be spending many millions of dollars to improve the anti-money laundering, counter terrorism and financial crime regime in Cayman over the next year, following the recent findings of the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, Premier Alden McLaughlin told Finance Committee on Friday. He said the more than $600,000 appropriation for the […]

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New chopper expected in days

New chopper expected in days

| 13/03/2019 | 21 Comments

(CNS): Government officials have said that the new Royal Cayman Islands Police Service helicopter is being fast-tracked to arrive in the Cayman Islands sooner than expected, after the existing machine was damaged recently in a crash landing at the airport. The new chopper, which is being jointly funded by the Cayman and UK governments and […]

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