Ganja found on towed Jamaican boat

The 90-foot vessel from Jamaica had to be towed into the harbor due to mechanical issues.

Customs and immigration officers ganja on board a fishing vessel that had been towed into the George Town harbor on Tuesday.

The 90-foot vessel, Shiloh, had been towed into the harbor due to mechanical issues earlier that day, according to a press release.

Assistant Collector of Customs Jeff Jackson said, “The seizure occurred after an initial inspection of the vessel using the Customs K-9 Unit drug sniffer dogs. The captain was informed of the alerts and what the dogs were trained to detect. A subsequent physical search of the vessel by Customs Border Protection officers found a plastic bag filled with a leafy substance inside music speakers. The substance later tested positive for ganja.”

Two crew members are under investigation in relation to the seizure.

Immigration officials have processed all 32 crew members and temporarily admitted them to the Cayman Islands.

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  1. When is the authorities in the Cayman Islands going to wisen up and drop its stupid, antiquated and costly approach to the reality and use of cannabis, the world over ?

    Even as world opinion and the laws of some jurisdictions are radically changing, based on medical research, on the use, effects, benefits and side-effects of the use of hemp (the official name) of the plant from which marijuana or ganja, is derived, we have this dragonian and ignorant attitude and policy towards its use and possession, even in Caymanian territorial waters, much less on the main-land Cayman Islands.

    Obviously, a small bag of marijuana on board a ship carrying 32 crew members was for the personal use of some of those sea-men, and never intended to be used in Cayman.

    Now that a rescue operation was necessary to bring that ship to shore in Grand Cayman, criminal possession of marijuana must now be the ultimate and only result of that rescue mission ?

    Some of Cayman’s most vociferous opponents of marijuana use can be found, on any given night, in the bars and clubs of the islands, stone-cold drunk on alcohol, unable to hold a coherent conversation and hair-triggered spoiling for a fight…and alcohol is one of the biggest industries in the Cayman Islands….yet the possession of even the smallest amount of marijuana carries a criminal penalty but the effects of both drugs on the user is markedly opposite to each other….this is proven fact, not conjecture.

    Cayman’s close neighbour, Jamaica, has recently legalised the possession of marijuana for personal use and has legalised and is in the process of regulating a full cannabis industry for medical and other purposes, mirroring the direction that some states in the USA has taken, with more to follow very shortly.

    How long does the Cayman Islands intend to be the paraiah in a rapidly-changing, modern world ?

    The issue of attitudes and laws towards cannabis…and the issues addressed in today’s editorial are only symptoms of a deeper malaise.

    Ignorance might be a bit of a strong term to use, but honestly speaking…

    What other term fits the bill ?

  2. I wonder now that these fishermen has been legally permitted to enter the Island , if after the boat is repaired that Immigration would make sure that everyone get back on board the boat to go back fishing and not stay on the Island to become a burden on the Government and the Islands.

    I was in the same situation as these fishermen , when we made our way into Nicaragua they entered us in the country after our repairs were done and ready to leave Custom and Immigration was present at the dock to make sure that we were all on the boat and left the Country . This was Nicaragua in the early 70s and we has always had a good relationship with Nicaragua just like Jamaica.