UPDATE: Two (2) Men Charged with Over 1000lbs of Ganja Seized From Drifting Vessel by JMU, 29 July
The two men who were arrested Wednesday 24 July, in the below incident have since been charged under section 19(2)(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Law for ‘Possession of ganja knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect that the drugs is intended to be imported into the Cayman Islands’.
The two men are expected to appear in court today 29 July.
On Wednesday, 24 July, the RCIPS was alerted to a vessel adrift some miles off the coast of Grand Cayman. Officers from the Joint Marine Unit supported by the Air Operations Unit deployed to locate the vessel.
At about 4:30PM a vessel was located approximately 50 miles east of Grand Cayman and appeared to be drifting. Joint Marine Unit officers aboard the MV Mark Luke came alongside the vessel and observed what appeared to be a substantial amount of ganja in numerous packages on board.
Two males, both Jamaican nationals, ages 59 and 33, who were aboard the vessel were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking, and the vessel and its contents were seized.
The packages are estimated to contain over 1000lbs of ganja with an estimated street value of up to $1Million KYD.
The men remain in custody as investigations continue.