An American visitor was denied bail when he appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on a charge of possession of 5.8 ounces of ganja, which was seized at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Garfield Spence, a ramp agent with American Eagle, an affiliate airline of American Airlines, was arrested at the airport Saturday.

A Customs officer allegedly found the ganja, which has a street value of $4,000, in his backpack, the court heard.

Mr. Spence claimed to have a medical prescription for marijuana but was not able to provide documentary evidence of that.

Police seized his phone, and Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said Tuesday that text messages on the phone suggest there is “more to this than meets the eye.”

Mr. Spence has come to and left Cayman four or five times this year, the court heard.

“We have concerns at this stage about bail,” said Mr. Wainwright, who explained that the Crown considered Mr. Spence to be a flight risk.

Mr. Wainwright also stated that a further charge of conspiracy to import ganja may be forthcoming.

Magistrate Adam Roberts denied bail and scheduled another bail hearing for Wednesday, Oct. 31.

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