Thursday 22 August, 2019

Charges laid against three men for massive ganja bust in St Elizabeth

The Narcotics Police have now charged the three men who were held allegedly trying to transport 1,200 pounds of marijuana in a Hiace minibus on Sunday, June 10 at Parotee in St Elizabeth.

They are 34-year-old Neville Brooks, 27-year-old Malcolm Foster and 38-year-old Omar Brown, all farmers of Slipe district in the parish.

They are charged jointly with the offences of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to exporting ganja, use of conveyance and conspiracy.

On Sunday, June 10 at about 9:30 p.m., the Narcotics Police were conducting operations in the area when they saw a group of men off-loading several knitted bags from a Hiace minibus. Upon seeing the police, the men ran, but three were subsequently held.

The bus was searched and 24 knitted bags containing 121 packages of compressed ganja weighing approximately 1,200 pounds were seized. The estimated street value of the illicit drug is at $48 million.

The minibus, a Honda CRV motorcar and a Toyota Altis motorcar were also seized.

The men were interviewed in the presence of their attorneys on Wednesday, June 13, following which charges were laid against them.

All three men are scheduled to appear in the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Monday, June 18.

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