Friday 27 November, 2020

Dad being sought as businessman among 2 booked for $35m ganja bust

Some of the $35 million worth of ganja that was seized by the police in Spur Tree, Manchester last Monday.

Some of the $35 million worth of ganja that was seized by the police in Spur Tree, Manchester last Monday.

Two of the four persons who were arrested in connection with what has been labelled as the biggest ganja bust in Jamaica’s history in Spur Tree, Manchester on Monday, May 4, have been charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

They are 60-year-old Keith McLean, a mason, and 29-year-old Leon Crowal Jr, a businessman, both of Spur Tree.

McLean and Crowal Jr were charged on Friday, May 8 with possession of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, dealing in ganja, conspiracy and using premises for storage of ganja.

The men were arrested following co-ordinated operations at two premises in the area at about 8.45 pm. During searches of the premises, approximately 8,700 pounds of compressed ganja was seized. The estimated street value of the illicit drug is $35 million.

A motor vehicle was also seized during the operations.

McLean and Crowal Jr are scheduled to appear in the Manchester Parish Court on Tuesday, May 12.

Meanwhile, the police are renewing an appeal for person of interest, Leon Crowal Snr, to turn himself in.

Crowal Snr is being asked to make contact with detectives at the Area Three Narcotics office at 38B DeCarteret Road in Mandeville, Manchester by 10am on Sunday, May 10.

Additionally, anyone knowing his whereabouts is being asked to contact the Narcotics Police at 876-923-5729, Crime Stop at 311, the police 119 emergency number, or the nearest police station.

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