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Three workers dismissed, two suspended in AIA cannabis matter

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Three employees have been dismissed and two suspended, as investigations continue at the Argyle International Airport (AIA) to determine how luggage containing 20 packages of cannabis passed through that airport without an alert being raised.

A person close to the investigation told SEARCHLIGHT yesterday that the investigations into the incident are being led by the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force.

The cannabis was intercepted on Wednesday, November 15, at the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, where members of the Drug Squad arrested and charged Vincentian Akil Xavin Jovanni John, 25, who was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

John appeared before magistrate Elwood Watts in the Oistins Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, November 16, where he pleaded guilty to the offences. He was fined $15,000 forthwith, or two years in prison for the offence of importation of cannabis, but was convicted, reprimanded and discharged for the other offences.

When SEARCHLIGHT contacted Keith Miller, head of security at the AIA, as well as Tabia Matthews, marketing/public relations officer, about the incident, neither official was willing to comment.

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