500 pounds of ganja seized, one man in court

A West Bay man appeared in court Friday charged with conspiracy to import ganja into Cayman after police confiscated more than 500 pounds of the drug from a boat in North Side on Tuesday night.

Police are continuing to search for other individuals who fled once their boat reached land after the police helicopter and a marine police unit boat intercepted the vessel.

The arrested man, Ricky William Manderson, 59, was refused bail when he appeared before Magistrate Grace Donalds. He is charged with conspiracy with others unknown, between Sept. 1, 2015, and Jan. 23, 2016, to import ganja.

“Given public concern regarding illegal drugs and firearms coming into the country, the Joint Marine Unit and the Air Operations Unit have been working very closely to ensure that we maximize opportunities to protect our borders,” said Inspector Leo Anglin, commander of the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit in a police statement issued Friday.

He continued, “Tuesday night’s arrest and confiscation of a significant quantity of ganja signals to drugs and firearms smugglers both here and in other jurisdictions that smuggling will not be tolerated here. Already this year we have seized 706 lbs. of ganja and also recovered one semi-automatic and 64 rounds of ammunition.”

For more on this story, see Monday’s Cayman Compass.