US court convicts Jamaicans for drug dealing
Jamaican drug dealers Leebert Ramcharan and Donovan Williams have been convicted in a US court on drug charges.
The ruling was made in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, after a seven-week jury trial.
Ramcharan and Williams were both convicted of conspiracy to import and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
They face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, which is scheduled for May 23.
Ramcharan, and Williams were arrested in Montego Bay, St. James in 2004, and extradited to the US last year.
The trial against the two men began in January this year and included testimony from more than 15 witnesses, including officers from the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Royal Bahamian Police Force, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and civilians from Colombia, the United States, and Jamaica.
The US government introduced more than 100 items of evidence, including wiretaps on the telephones of the co-conspirators by the Colombian government, and the Bahamian government in 2002 and 2003.
The court was told that Ramcharan was the leader of a sophisticated operation in Jamaica.
Between 1998 and 2004, his cocaine smuggling organisation received as much as 15,000 kilograms of cocaine, imported via go fast vessels from the Northern Coast of Colombia.
The cocaine, which was stored in Jamaica and transported to the Bahamas on boats and airplanes, was later exported to the U.S. for distribution and sale in South Florida.