St Elizabeth drug find leads to arrests
Narcotics police have now charged the three men who were detained on Sunday, June 10, at Parottee, St Elizabeth.
They are 34-year-old Neville Brooks, 27-year-old Malcolm Foster and 38-year-old Omar Brown, all farmers of Slipe district in the parish.
They are charged jointly with the offences of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, use of conveyance, and conspiracy to traffic ganja.
At about 9:30 p.m., police were conducting operations in the area when they saw a group of men offloading several knitted bags from a Hiace bus.
Upon seeing the police, the men ran but were subsequently accosted.
The bus was searched, and 24 knitted bags containing 121 packages of compressed ganja weighing approximately 1,200lbs were seized. The estimated street value of the illicit drug is $48 million.
The Hiace bus, a Honda CRV motor car and a Toyota Altis motor car were also seized.
The men were interviewed in the presence of their attorneys on Wednesday, when formal charges were laid.
All three men are scheduled to appear before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on Monday.