Five still in custody for ganja

Three Jamaicans and two Caymanians remained in custody this week on charges of importation and possession with intent to supply 155.9 pounds of ganja.

The men are Thomas Owen Roberts Bush, 20, of George Town; William Miguel Bush, 36, of West Bay; Werner Ellis Hamilton, 29, of Westmoreland, Jamaica; Oneil Gordon Palache, 21, and Andrew Anthony Williams 47, both of Clarendon, Jamaica.

The charges are the result of a police operation on Monday night, 26 November, off East End in the vicinity of Morritt’s Tortuga.

According to an RCIPS news release issued the next day, the operation involved officers from the Drugs Task Force, Marine Unit and Uniformed Operations from the eastern districts, Uniform Support Group, Customs officers and air support.

Officers were alerted to a fast canoe coming in around 11.45 pm.

‘Through the use of the helicopter, officers were able to receive up to minute information from an aerial perspective that facilitated a safe and swift conclusion to the incident,’ the release stated.

The men first appeared in Summary Court on 3 December. The matter was adjourned for one week and then again until Monday, 17 December.

The Caymanians have been offered bail in the sums of $2,500 and $950 each, but apparently have been unable to take it up so far.

Magistrate Nova Hall said on Monday she was not minded to vary the bail conditions.

Defence Attorney Nicholas Dixey, who appears for several of the men, said he hoped the matter of legal aid could be sorted out by the time the matter comes back to court. That will be on Monday, 7 January.