Two in court for drugs and guns charges

Two men appeared in Summary Court
on Tuesday facing various firearms and drug charges.

Caymanian Joseph Vandell Hurlston is
charged with importation of unlicensed firearms and being concerned with the
importation of ganja.

Mitchell Lloyd Comrie is charged
with being concerned with the importation of ganja, possession of ganja with
intent to supply and possession of ganja.

He is a Jamaican national.

It was stated in open court that on
the night of 19 April, officers were conducting operations in the Eastern
Avenue area when they observed four suspicious males.

It is alleged that at least one of
the men in the group was acting as a lookout, while the others got onto a boat.

The officers said they then
observed flashing lights as if to indicate a signal.

The men then went out to sea but
must have had problems, according to officers, who later saw two men walking in
wet clothes.

They said they observed Hurlston
throwing something to the ground, which was later identified as a loaded 9mm
hand gun.

After further investigation,
officers were able to find a capsized boat.

469 pounds of marijuana was
subsequently recovered along with a backpack containing two more guns and a
white substance.

As a result of these other
findings, authorities say more charges could be forthcoming for the men after
tests are conducted.

Identification belonging to
Hurlston was also recovered. He later admitted possession of some of the items

Comrie told the court he spent
$20,000 Jamaican dollars for 50 pounds of weed that he intended to sell in the
Cayman Islands.

It is unclear what has happened to
the other men police said they saw.

Hurlston is not represented by an
attorney and has been advised to seek counsel.

Comrie is represented by Attorney
Keith Collins, who indicated that a bail application was being sought in

Both men are remanded in custody
and will reappear in court for further mention of these charges on 4 May.

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