Cocaine added to charges

Two young Caymanians and two Jamaicans accused of importing ganja last month have had importation of cocaine added to the charges against them.

Shane William Junior McLean, 19; Arick Ren Williams, 19; Cornel Alfonso Powell, 50; and Ian Linwall Johnson, 56, appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday.

They had all been remanded in custody after they were brought to court for charges involving 21 containers of ganja that they allegedly imported aboard the vessel AVA on 3 January. Total weight of the ganja was about 385 pounds.

When the matter first came to court, Crown Counsel Elisabeth Lees advised that the vegetable matter was still being processed.

For the new charges, Chief Magistrate Margaret Ramsay-Hale read from the file that 1.63 pounds of cocaine had been found concealed in black plastic between the ganja.

Also found were 99 white tablets, but they were nothing illegal.

The four are further charged with possession and possession with intent to supply both drugs.

Their attorneys agreed to another mention on 10 February. Mr. Lloyd Samson indicated he would be pursuing a bail application for McLean on that date.