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Jamaicans charged in Cayman Islands after 980lbs of ganja seized

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 10:43 AM
Police personnel in the Cayman Islands carrying bags of ganja recovered along the coastline of North West Point on September 24, 2020. Three Jamaicans were charged in relation to the seizure - Contributed photo

Three Jamaican men have been charged in the Cayman Islands in connection with the seizure of 980lbs of ganja by police along the West Bay coastline.

The men - ages 56, 44, and 31 – were charged last Friday with importation of ganja and illegal landing.

The 44-year-old was also charged with contravention of a deportation order.

They are expected to appear in court today.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service report that officers from the air operations unit were carrying out an aerial patrol early Thursday, September 24 when they came across a vessel in the waters off North West Point Road in West Bay.

According to the police, the occupants of the vessel, after seeing the police helicopter, were observed throwing items from the vessel into the water.

The Cayman Islands Coast Guard was informed of their location, responded and intercepted the vessel. 

All three men on board were arrested and charged.

The Cayman Compass previously reported that several bales of ganja wrapped in white packaging had been recovered by police and members of the public as they floated to shore on Thursday morning.

Police say a total of 42 packages were recovered during the search of the area.

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