Saturday 20 July, 2019

Farmers on big St Elizabeth ganja bust granted bail in court

The three St Elizabeth farmers who were charged in connection with the seizure of ganja weighing some 1,200 pound on June 10, were granted bail in the sum of $800,000 each when they appeared in the ST Elizabeth Parish Court in Santa Cruz on Monday.

The accused, all of Slipe district in St Elizabeth, are 34-year-old Neville Brooks, also called ‘Shaka’; 38-year-old Omar Brown; and 28-year-old Malcolm Foster, also called ‘Ziggy’.  They are all scheduled to return to court on Friday, July 27.

As conditions of their bail, they were ordered to surrender their travel documents, report to the police at specified intervals, and a curfew order was imposed on them.

Reports are that about 9:30 p.m. on June 10, members of the Police Narcotics Division were conducting an anti-narcotics operation when they swooped down on a group of men who were spotted unloading packages from motor vehicles along the beach in Parotee, Black River, St Elizabeth.

Some of the men ran, but three were not so lucky, and were held by the cops, who seized several packages containing compressed ganja weighing over 1,200 pounds.

The drugs and three motor vehicles were seized.

The three men were taken into custody, after which they were questioned in the presence of their attorneys.

They were subsequently charged with possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, trafficking ganja, taking steps to export ganja, and conspiracy to export ganja.

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