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No one arrested in ganja seizure
Detectives from the Contraband Enforcement Team (CET) of the Narcotics Division seized a quantity of ganja at the Kingston Freeport Terminal at Newport West in Kingston last Friday. However, no one was arrested in connection to the seizure.
Reports are that at about 5:30 a.m., security personnel were conducting routine checks when they observed discrepancies with a seal on a container. The CET was summoned, and upon their arrival, the container was checked. Two black travelling bags and another package wrapped in plastic were seen at the rear of the container. Both packages contained a total of 119 parcels with ganja.
The illicit drug seized weighs approximately 248 pounds and has an estimated street value of $993, 200.
Farm roads fixed in South Manchester
Some 1,400 metres of farm roads in St Toolies and Alvie in South Manchester have been repaired by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority at a cost of $12 million.
Speaking at the official opening of the roadway last Friday, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries J.C. Hutchinson said the work undertaken will allow the farmers to transport their produce to the market.
Drugs found in false compartment of suitcase
One man has been charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act following the seizure of a quantity of ganja at the Norman Manley International Airport last Sunday.
He is 32-year-old Rohan Graham, a mason of Yallahs, St Thomas. Graham has been charged with possession of ganja, taking preparatory steps to export ganja, and conspiracy to export ganja.
Reports are that at about 12:45 p.m., Graham checked in to a board a flight destined for Barbados. Upon reaching the pre-boarding screening area, he placed his suitcase on the X-ray machine, and irregularities were detected. His suitcase was searched, and 4.5 pounds of ganja were found in a false compartment of the suitcase. He was subsequently arrested and charged.
Teenager held for home-made gun
One locally manufactured firearm and two rounds of ammunition were seized during a police operation in Spring Gardens, Morant Bay, St Thomas, last Tuesday. Two persons were taken into custody in connection with the seizure.
Reports from the Morant Bay police are that lawmen conducted an operation in the area, during which several premises were searched. One locally manufactured firearm and two .38 cartridges were found in a travelling bag inside a house. A female and a teenage boy were taken into custody in relation to the seizure.
Security guard convicted of attempted murder
A security guard who attempted to kill his ex-girlfriend in 2011 was convicted in the Home Circuit Court last Tuesday.
He is 52-year-old Enos Smith of Highlight View, Kingston 6.
It is said that on September 10, 2011, Smith allegedly lured his ex-girlfriend to a lonely area in Hope Gardens, St Andrew, where he wrapped a piece of wire around her neck with the intention of strangling her to death. The woman fell into a state of unconsciousness but managed to get help from a neighbour when she regained consciousness. She was taken to hospital, where she was admitted and treated.
Smith was arrested on October 9, 2015. He was subsequently charged.
He pleaded guilty to attempted murder and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 8.