Gun in ganja boat case heads to Grand Court

Preliminary inquiry set for May 8

This Virginian Dragoon revolver and five rounds of live ammunition were found on board a canoe in South Sound by police on March 14. The three men arrested in the case will appear in Grand Court next month. - Photo: RCIPS

Three men charged with importing ganja and firearms to Cayman will have their cases heard in the Grand Court next month.

One of the three, Andrew Folkes, 45, elected to have his case heard in the higher court when he appeared in Summary Court Monday. As a result, co-accused Charles Rose, 40, and Marvin Brown, 34, will also be going to Grand Court.

The three men, all from Westmoreland, Jamaica, were arrested after Cayman’s Joint Marine Unit intercepted a canoe in the South Sound area of Grand Cayman on the night of March 14.

The men were charged with having in their possession approximately 522 pounds of ganja with intent to supply; being concerned in the importation of that same ganja; illegal landing; and possession of an unlicensed Virginian Dragoon revolver and five bullets.

Magistrate Valdis Foldats set a preliminary inquiry for May 8.

Since the defendants are all represented by attorneys, the inquiry will be by way of written statements rather than witnesses being obliged to come and give evidence in person. On that basis, the matter is expected to be mentioned in the Grand Court on a Friday soon after.

The defendants have been in custody since their arrests.

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