Men from ganja boat make first court appearance

Police located the drifting boat some 50 miles east of Grand Cayman.

Two Jamaican nationals appeared in court Monday for the first time following an incident in which the Joint Marine Unit seized more than 1,000 pounds of ganja from a drifting vessel on 24 July.

Rovan Johnson and Albert Campbell have been charged with possession of ganja, knowing or having reasonable grounds to suspect that the drugs were intended to be imported into the Cayman Islands.

The two men were remanded into custody and will next appear in court on 19 Aug.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service issued a press release about the seizure last week that indicated the vessel was located approximately 50 miles east of Grand Cayman when the police made contact with it. Officers from the Joint Marine Unit came alongside the vessel and observed what appeared to be a “substantial amount of ganja in numerous packages on board”.

Johnson and Campbell were aboard the vessel at the time and were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking. The boat and its contents were seized by the police. The packages are estimated to contain more than 1,000 pounds of ganja and hold an estimated street value of up to CI$1 million.

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