Jamaican authorities have seized an estimated $80m (£74m) worth of cocaine in one of the country’s biggest drug busts.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said authorities discovered the shipment hidden inside a cargo ship at the Port of Kingston late on Saturday.

A search of the cargo ship from South America yielded more than 1,500 kilograms of cocaine, which was divided into 50 bags containing 1,250 packages, police said.

Jamaica has long been used by international criminal organizations as a hub for transporting weapons and drugs, including cocaine to North America and Europe.

The Jamaican Defense Force said it would continue to fight criminals who “seek to exploit Jamaica’s geostrategic importance in global trade by exploiting legitimate cargo”.

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Jamaica has imposed a state of emergency to deal with a rise in gang violence.

Neither the police nor the defense force have named the ship as carrying cocaine, and no arrests have been made.

In October, international police agency Interpol said Jamaican authorities had seized a record 500 kilograms of cocaine.
Worth about $20 million, will be flown to Canada on a private jet.

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