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Drugs slur

Issue No. 1782

DEPUTY BRITISH High Commissioner to Jamaica Phil Sinkinson has made outrageous claims that one in ten people on flights from Jamaica are smuggling cocaine. He used this to justify his demand for a crackdown and harsher sentencing. British customs and excise officials rubbished Sinkinson's comments. They revealed that there were no figures on the number of 'drugs mules' to support Sinkinson's claims.

Even the National Criminal Intelligence Service estimates that the vast majority of cocaine reaches Europe by ship. Most of the heroin and cocaine smuggled into Britain comes via Amsterdam. Jamaicans suffer desperate poverty and widespread unemployment. There is no welfare, free healthcare or social services.

Sinkinson's claims are unproved. But it is little wonder that some desperate people resort to taking risks in search of a better life.

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Sat 12 Jan 2002, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1782
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