A Politician’s sibling has been held in a $90m cocaine bust at NMIA and it has been revealed that it is the brother of People’s National Party vice-president and Member of Parliament for Manchester North Mikael Phillips who has been implicated in this New Year drug bust at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Charged is fifty six year old Robert Chin of a Mona, Kingston address. Chin was arrested on Monday, January 2 after attempting to board a departing flight to the United States of America.
A release from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Corporate Communications Unit suggest that around 7:00 am,
Robert Chin checked in his luggage and proceeded to
the lobby area inside the airport. After close
inspection of his luggage, it was identified that odd
shaped packages were present.
A search of the luggage was conducted and the illicit
drug was discovered. After calculations were done, it
was estimated to attract a street value of US$600,000.
Chin managed to evade arrest at the airport but was hunted down by the JCF Narcotics Division and was later arrested in the evening about 6:30 pm the same day.
Robert Chin has been slapped with charges of possession
of cocaine, attempting to export cocaine, and conspiracy
to export cocaine.
He is set to appear before the Kingston and St Andrew
Parish Court on Friday, January 6.
Mikael Phillips has since then distanced himself from the
situation stating that “We are both sons of the late
Minion Phillips and have never resided together as brothers,
I have made it my responsibility to make a public statement
setting out all information concerning it. The issue is
not related to me and therefore I remain unconnected to it.
I am not the subject of any investigation.”
Investigations continue into the matter to identify if any more parties are involved.