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Men held with more than 900 pounds of ganja plead guilty

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2017 | 9:16 AM

Rasbert Turner, Gleaner Writer

Two Manchester men who were held with over 900 pounds of compressed ganja will know their fate on July 12, 2017 when they are scheduled to reappear in the St Catherine Parish Court.

Evol Taylor and Gary Edwards pleaded guilty to possession of ganja and dealing in ganja, but pleaded not guilty to taking preparatory steps to export ganja, conspiracy and trafficking ganja.

When the men appeared before parish judge Grace Henry-McKenzie, on Friday, their lawyer Roxanne Marks told the court her clients would cooperate.

Judge Henry-McKenzie told the investigators that they must secure the forensic certificate which will assist in sentencing.

It is alleged that intelligence-driven operations by the Narcotics and Trans-National Division on May 3, 2017 led the police to two locations.

About 11 p.m Edwards was held at the Fort Clarence Beach inside a Toyota Wish motor car.

The vehicle was searched and compressed vegetable matter resembling ganja and weighing 283 pounds.

Minutes later Taylor was held near Waves Beach driving a Toyota Axio motor car, and ganja weighing 600 pounds found on the front and back seats and inside the trunk of the car.

Both men were subsequently charged following an investigation.