Men plead guilty after weight of ganja reduced

813 pounds of ganja reweighed at 695.11 pounds when dried

Three men accused of importing ganja pleaded guilty on Monday after their charge was amended with a lesser weight. 

Jade Fitzgerald Brown, Peter Yone Perrin and Garth Anthony Stewart first appeared in Summary Court on Nov. 2, charged with importation of approximately 813 pounds of the illegal vegetable matter within Cayman waters on Sunday, Oct. 25. 

A press release issued after the incident said that officers had found about 35 packets of ganja in the water after the suspects tossed them overboard during police pursuit. 

On Nov. 24, Brown pleaded guilty to 200 pounds. Perrin and Stewart pleaded not guilty. On Dec. 15, the Crown advised the court that the ganja had been weighed again. The dry weight was 695.11 pounds. 

On Dec. 21, Magistrate Valdis Foldats put the charge to the men again and this time all three pleaded “guilty with explanation.” 

It was expected that the explanation would be detailed in mitigation by defense attorney John Furniss and in social inquiry reports the magistrate ordered. Sentencing was set for Monday, Feb. 29. 

Brown, 43, Perrin, 32, and Stewart, 42, are all from White House in Westmoreland, Jamaica. 

They are further charged with landing without permission of an immigration officer at the Rum Point dock on Sunday, Oct. 25. 

A press release issued after the incident said that officers had found about 35 packets of ganja in the water after the suspects tossed them overboard during police pursuit. 

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