Men Held In Massive Ganja Bust Charged

The Narcotics Police say they have now charged the three men, who were detained during an operation on Sunday, June 10 in which more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana was seized in Parotee, St. Elizabeth.

Those charged have been identified as 34-year-old Neville Brooks, 27-year-old Malcolm Foster and 38-year-old Omar Brown, all farmers of Slipe District in the parish. The three have been charged jointly with possession, dealing in, taking steps preparatory to export ganja as well as use of conveyance and conspiracy.

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

The bus was searched and 24 bags containing 121 packages of compressed ganja weighing approximately 1,200 pounds were seized. The estimated street value of the drug has been estimated as $ 48,000,000. The Hiace bus, 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 where formal charges were laid.  All three men are scheduled to appear before the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on Monday, June 18.

Kimoya Moss

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