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Jamaican men on drug charges granted bail

Published:Friday | October 19, 2012 | 3:05 PM

The five Jamaican men charged in connection with the seizure of just under 7,000 pounds of ganja off the coast of the United States last week were each granted bail in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court this afternoon.

They are: Joslyn Foster from Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew; Herman Goldson of Port Royal, Kingston; Radcliff Simmons of Jones Town in St Andrew; Leaford Kidd of Port Maria, St Mary; and Taluka Lyttle, of a Spanish Town Road address.

The men are charged with possession of, dealing in, trafficking and conspiracy to export ganja.

They were each granted bail in the sum of $800,000 and ordered to report to the nearest police station three times per week.

A stop order has also been placed on them at the ports.

During their first court appearance today, prosecutors alleged that the men were among seven people found on board a Jamaican-registered boat named Captain Richard.

Captain Richard was intercepted by US Coast Guards as it drifted at sea 250 miles off the coast of Kingston last Wednesday.

It is also alleged that US Coast Guard personnel searched the boat and found 6,900 pounds of ganja hidden in a secret compartment.

Prosecutors told the court that US authorities have turned over only "a sample" of the contraband to their Jamaican counterparts and that the other two men, a Guyanese and a Trinidadian are in US custody and will be placed on trial there.