Government Minister denies reports that he breached security protocols at airport

Daryl Vaz, Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, has denied that he recently breached security protocols at Sangster International Airport in St. James.

A letter of complaint against Vaz, purportedly written by a Superintendent of Police in St. James, has been circulating on social media.

In the letter, the police officer is alleged to have detailed an incident which occurred on July 22 at the airport.

Mr. Vaz is accused of refusing to have the licensed firearm of his relative inspected by the police in keeping with Standard Operating Procedure. 

The letter indicates that Mr. Vaz instead handed the firearm to the pilot and then boarded the private aircraft and left for Kingston.

In a statement issued on Friday, Mr. Vaz said, on the day in question, he was advised by a Port Security Officer that they could not board the aircraft with the firearm.

He said he advised the Port Security Officer that on his many flights from Montego Bay and Kingston, he has handed over the firearm to the pilot which represented compliance with the Standard Operating Procedure.

He said the officer informed him that the protocol was unknown to her and called a supervisor.

The government minister noted that the firearm was then handed over to the pilot in their presence and at no time were the police called.

According to Mr. Vaz, he has written to the Police Commissioner rejecting suggestions of a breach of protocol.

Meanwhile, RJR News has been informed that an investigation into the incident was conducted by airport security officials.

No breach is reported to have been found.

The investigation reportedly found that Vaz had made arrangements for the firearm prior to his arrival at the airport. 

A report on the findings is to be submitted to the Commissioner of Police and the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).

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