Three charged with importing ganja

Men arrived in canoe from Jamaica

Three men accused of illegal landing returned to court on Tuesday to face a joint charge of importing approximately 350 pounds of ganja. 

Senior Crown Counsel Tanya Lobban said the men arrived in a canoe from Jamaica. They were confronted by police while unloading the ganja. They ran but were apprehended. 

“All gave a version of how they came to be in the vessel with a quantity of ganja,” she told Chief Magistrate Nova Hall. 

Their arrests took place on 22 January following the incident in East End. 

The men were identified as Paul Samuel Betty, 44, of St. Mary; Wesley Oliver Barrett, 57, of Westmoreland; and Tetla Charles Warner, 43, of Westmoreland. 

Defence attorney John Furniss told the court he had been approached and would be speaking with the men, as he did not see a conflict at this time in representing all of them. He said he wanted to talk to them about what was in their statements to police. 

“I understand there is a local person who has spoken to by police,” he added. 

Mr. Furniss asked for the matter to be brought back on Thursday, 7 February. Meanwhile, the men, who were remanded in custody, would be applying for legal aid, he said. 


  1. It has been reported that the canoe also carried ammunition. Why were they not charged with importing ammunition as well? This does not sit well with me.

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