Two Caymanians and a Jamaican national appeared in Summary Court on Monday, charged with trafficking ganja after a Joint Marine Unit found them in a vessel with 197 pounds of the illegal drug.
The defendants are Leon St. Michael Hydes, 34, of a Bodden Town address; Clebeland Swaby Powery, 31, of a West Bay address; and Marlon Crowe, 33, of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
No details were given in court. The charge itself refers to ganja “in a ship at sea that was not registered in any country or territory” on Feb. 4.
The defendants are accused of knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect that the ganja was intended to be imported into the Cayman Islands.
A press release from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service on Monday stated: “The Joint Marine Unit vessel Guardian, while at sea, came upon a vessel drifting approximately twenty miles off East End. JMU officers discovered three men on board and a large amount of ganja. The men were arrested on suspicion of importation, and they and the vessel were taken to Grand Cayman. A firearm and 64 rounds of ammunition were also recovered.”
The court file indicates that Hydes is further charged with possession of utensils used in the preparation of drugs – scales and a grinder. He is also charged with conspiracy to import ganja, in that he allegedly conspired with others to import ganja.
Defense attorney Crister Brady represented Crowe and said attorney John Furniss would appear for the other two men. He asked for the matter to come back to court on Feb. 16, noting that he had not yet received any disclosure. No bail application was made at this stage.