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August 27, 2014
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Jamaican arrested in US for major ganja bust
André Williams, STAR Writer

A Jamaican man described by United States investigators as a major marijuana trafficker was arrested and jailed last Friday during an operation in which drugs and large amounts of cash were seized, THE STAR understands.

Forty-nine-year-old Dwight A Langley was taken into custody without incident at 12:30 p.m. outside his home.

According to www.delconewsnetwork.com, several barrels filled with 83 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of an estimated US$360,000 (J$39,000,000), in addition to US$8,473 (J$930,000) and drug paraphernalia were seized by detectives, narcotics and patrol officers who conducted the raid.

THE STAR gathered that Langley was under surveillance for months, as authorities were in possession of warrants related to him.

international connections

"We believe he is a major drug trafficker with a big-time operation with international connections. He wasn't selling nickel bags of marijuana. Some of the marijuana confiscated was in two 25-pound blocks. The rest was in one-pound packages in barrels in the basement of his house." police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told reporters.

Investigators also report that Langley returned to the United States on August 3 after a trip to Jamaica.

Further reports are that police searched the house and located US$8,106 (J$890,000) in the master bedroom along with his passport and tally sheets.

He had an additional $367 in his pocket that was confiscated.

There were three large blue barrels in the basement containing the bundles of green vegetable marijuana that field tested positive for marijuana. Two digital scales and a quantity of plastic bags were also seized as evidence.

Magisterial District Judge Christopher Mattox arraigned Langley on charges of violation of the Health and Safety Act for possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $250,000 pending a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

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