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Jamaican jailed for 11 years after trying to smuggle cocaine into Cayman

A 35-year-old Jamaican man, who is believed to have been the mastermind behind a failed attempt to import 22 ounces of cocaine in a can of cheese in the Cayman Islands, has been jailed for 11 years.

Andre Caine, who is residing in the Rock Hole area of George Town, was arrested in April 2020.

According to court documents, during routine inspections, Customs and Border Control officers came across the can of cheese in the luggage of Odain Davis, who arrived at the Owen Roberts International Airport on a Cayman Airways flight from Kingston on April 20, 2020.

The officers became suspicious of the weight of the can and opened it.

A white substance found inside was later confirmed to be 22 ounces of cocaine.

Mr. Davis reportedly told officers that he was carrying the suitcase to Cayman as a request from a friend - identified as 27-year-old Jamaican, Joseph Caine - who was later arrested.

Mr. Caine denied any knowledge of the failed drug smuggling.

Mr. Caine's cousin, Andre, also denied any knowledge of the drug but was later convicted of two counts of importation of a controlled drug in January.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Mr. Davis and Joseph Caine were also charged, and eventually acquitted by a jury.