Four men, two Caymanians and two Jamaicans, were charged with attempting to smuggle nearly 150 pounds of ganja into Grand Cayman following a brief marine pursuit Friday.
One of the men was also charged with human smuggling.
Royal Cayman Islands Police officers said the RCIPS helicopter and the marine patrol vessel Niven D. located a “suspicious” canoe about a half-mile off the coast of North Side district around 5 p.m. Friday.
During a search of the craft, the ganja was discovered and the four men were arrested, police said.
Two West Bay men, 48-year-old Mitchell Chean Ebanks and 52-year-old Henry Sidney Ebanks, were charged with importation of ganja. Henry Ebanks was also charged with human smuggling related to what the court indicated was an attempt to bring the two Jamaican suspects into Cayman illegally.
The two Jamaicans were also charged with importation of ganja. They were identified as Ornell Brian Campbell, 30, of Westmoreland parish and Jerome Anthony Buddo, 38, of St. Elizabeth parish.
In court Monday, no bail application was made on behalf of the Jamaican men, and the magistrate rejected a bail application on behalf of the two Caymanian men.
The case was due to come before the court again on Dec. 1.