Saturday 26 September, 2020

Five charged with $9.4 million ganja bust

The narcotics police have charged five men with the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of ganja.

 Jointly charged with the offences of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, use of conveyance and conspiracy are:

• Carl Manderson, 29, a fisherman of Hellshire, St Catherine

• Mark Pitt, 45, a fisherman of Burnt Savannah, St Elizabeth

• Gerrol Carey, 38, a mason of Thompson Town, Clarendon

• Rudolph Bennett, 44, of Top Hill, St Elizabeth

• Aldana Salmon, 25, a farmer of Rocky Hill, St Elizabeth.

Reports are that on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at about 5.50 am, the Jamaica Defence Force  (JDF) Coast Guard intercepted a vessel approximately 20 miles south of Morant Bay, St Thomas with the five accused men on board.

The vessel was searched and 44 knitted plastic bags containing compressed ganja were reportedly found.

The weight of the drug was determined to be approximately 2,353 pounds with an estimated street value of $9.4 million.

The accused men are scheduled  to appear in the St Thomas Parish Court on January 8.

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