Sunday 26 January, 2020

Local fishermen allegedly held with $3.6m worth of ganja and gun

File photo of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) drug interception off shore.

File photo of a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) drug interception off shore.

The narcotics police have charged two men for several alleged breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in the Negril, Westmoreland area recently.

The incident reportedly occurred on Thursday, December 5.

Charged are 32-year-old Luke Blackwood, a fisherman of Crawford district, St Elizabeth, and 48-year-old David Williams, also a fisherman, of Whitehouse, Westmoreland.

Reports from the Narcotics Police Division are that about 11pm, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard intercepted a vessel off the coast of Negril, Westmoreland. The vessel was searched and 900 pounds of compressed ganja, along with a .38 revolver and 54 assorted rounds of ammunition, were found.

The items were seized and two men who were on board the vessel were taken into custody and handed over to the police.

After conducting their investigations, the narcotics police subsequently charged the men jointly with the offences of:

1.            Possession of ganja

2.            Dealing in ganja

3.            Taking steps preparatory to export ganja

4.            Conspiracy

5.            Use of conveyance

6.            Illegal possession of firearm

7.            Illegal possession of ammunition (two counts)

The seized drug has an estimated street value of $3.6 million.

The accused men are scheduled to appear in the Westmoreland Parish Court on Thursday, December 19.

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