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Report: Police stop suspect from swallowing cocaine

Following a complaint by a man who claimed police unnecessarily used force to restrain him, the Ombudsman has found that the officers had restrained him to prevent him from swallowing cocaine found during a search.

15-year sentence for drug smuggler caught in Cayman sting operation

A New Jersey airport baggage handler has been jailed for 15 years after being caught in a sting operation involving a plot to ship five kilograms of cocaine from the Cayman Islands to the US.

Cocaine worth $300K washes ashore on Little Cayman

Police last week incinerated 25 packages of cocaine, worth an estimated $300,000, that washed up on Little Cayman in early November.

Beach cocaine robber’s conviction upheld by appeals court

The Court of Appeal has upheld the conviction of a machete-wielding robber, who stole several packages of cocaine which washed ashore at an East End resort.

Family on beach stroll find suspected cocaine parcel

A family walking along South Sound beach on Monday evening found a package that appeared to contain cocaine and turned the discovery over to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.
Cocaine packages that washed up on the beach

$350K of cocaine washes up in East End

More than 50 pounds of cocaine, estimated to be worth $350,000, washed up on shore in East End earlier this week, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service revealed on Friday.

Man on trial for cocaine charges

Taking the stand at Summary Court on Monday, a police officer recalled the night he says he caught a West Bay man with a bottle filled with cocaine.

Trial called off in case of drug smuggling trio

Three drug smugglers arrested with hundreds of pounds of ganja, a loaded gun, cocaine and ecstasy entered guilty pleas in the Grand Court Tuesday.

Sentencing of cocaine-dealing pimp delayed

Delays in the Summary Court sentencing of a convicted cocaine dealer, Wayne Carlos Myles, means he will have wait until October to learn his fate.

Man pleads guilty in domestic violence assault

Camilo Osvaldo Naranjo pleaded guilty in Summary Court on Monday to assault causing actual bodily harm for an incident in which he allegedly kicked his former girlfriend in the face.

Four arrested in West Bay drug bust

Police have arrested four people on suspicion of drug violations following a raid at an address off Town Hall Road in West Bay on Friday afternoon.

Verdict appeal denied in immigration staffers’ cocaine case

Former immigration staffers Stephen Wayne Hurlston and Oscar Lee Watler had their appeal of a conviction for possession of cocaine with intent to supply dismissed in Grand Court Wednesday.

Cayman Brac sees spate of arrests

Police say five people were arrested on Cayman Brac during this year’s Braccanal Carnival celebration, 17-20 May.

Man pleads guilty for cocaine, dangerous driving

A man pleaded guilty on Thursday to possession of cocaine and dangerous driving for an April incident in which he drove a Toyota Camry into North Sound.

Five years for beach cocaine robbery; drugs never recovered

Marvin Gregory Grant, 36, was sentenced on Wednesday to five years imprisonment for a robbery on the beach at Morritt’s Resort in East End on Christmas Eve, 2017.

Little Cayman drugs arrest

A 48-year-old man was arrested in Little Cayman on Saturday on suspicion of possession of cocaine and ganja.

Man allegedly drove into sea with cocaine

Bail was denied on Monday for a man charged with possession of cocaine which was recovered after he allegedly drove his vehicle into the North Sound last Wednesday afternoon, April 3.

Former immigration staffers appeal sentence, conviction

Former immigration staffers Stephen Wayne Hurlston and Oscar Lee Watler appeared in Grand Court Thursday to appeal their 2018 sentence for possessing 1.61 pounds of cocaine with intent to supply.

Drug-smuggling customs officer jailed for 16 years

The cocaine importation case of David Karl Lobo reached its conclusion Friday in Grand Court when the customs officer was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Lobo was found to have played a “leading role” in a smuggling operation that brought 1.8 kilograms into Cayman in May of 2017.

Jury discharged for ‘gun in ganja’ case

A Grand Court jury chosen on Monday, March 11, was formally discharged on Friday, March 15, after Justice Marlene Carter said she had determined that the trial would not proceed any further.

Cayman airport used in undercover drugs sting

U.S. Homeland Security agents shipped five kilos of sham cocaine through the Cayman Islands in a sting to catch a New Jersey baggage handler connected to an international drug smuggling operation.

Man bailed in cocaine case

A man with no previous convictions was granted bail on cocaine-related charges after appearing in Summary Court on Monday.

Cocaine sentence reduced from 15 years

A prison term of 15 years for possession of cocaine with intent to supply was reduced to 10 years and two months after defense attorney Gregory Burke successfully appealed the Summary Court sentencing of Jolyon Arick Frederick, who had pleaded guilty to the charge.

Sentencing delayed in Customs officer’s cocaine case

Sentencing was adjourned in the cocaine importation case of Customs officer David Karl Lobo on Wednesday due to the delayed arrival of social inquiry reports and sentencing submissions.

Date set for cocaine importation trial

A man accused of importing cocaine into the Cayman Islands without lawful excuse has had his trial set for May 13.

Customs agent guilty in cocaine case

A Grand Court jury on Friday unanimously convicted customs officer David Karl Lobo on one of two counts of being involved in smuggling cocaine into the Cayman Islands.

Jury deliberates in customs officer’s drug importation trial

The lengthy jury trial of David Karl Lobo, a customs agent accused of being concerned in the importation of cocaine, wrapped up Thursday morning.

Customs officer in cocaine importation case takes stand

Customs officer David Karl Lobo took the stand in his own defense Thursday and Friday, offering testimony in the Grand Court trial of conspiracy to import cocaine.

Drug raids on Brac

Police arrested a 57-year-old man on Cayman Brac Tuesday on suspicion of possessing cocaine and ganja after carrying out drug raids on the sister island.

Alleged conspirator testifies in cocaine case

An alleged conspirator in a plan to bring cocaine into the Cayman Islands gave evidence this week in the Grand Court trial of David Karl Lobo, 33, a Customs officer charged with conspiracy to import cocaine.

Customs officer’s cocaine importation trial begins

The Grand Court trial of David Karl Lobo, a Customs officer charged with conspiracy to import cocaine, began on Monday morning.

No change in bail for defendant in cocaine case

Ezekiel Nelson Carter, who is awaiting trial in Summary Court on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to supply, appeared in court Thursday in an attempt to revise his bail conditions.

Cocaine seized by Customs at airport

A 30-year-old man appeared in Summary Court Tuesday on charges of importation of five pounds of cocaine to Cayman.

Judge prepares to summarize evidence in Christmas Eve cocaine/robbery trial

Attorneys have wrapped up their arguments in the trial of three men charged in connection with a robbery on the beach at Morritt’s Resort on Christmas Eve last year, and Justice Roger Chapple is set to summarize the evidence to the jury on Tuesday morning.

Woman jailed after carrying drugs on plane to Brac

A woman “under pressure” to carry cocaine from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac was sentenced to two years, eight months in prison on Monday.

Suspected drug importer dies after swallowing cocaine

A suspected drug trafficker died after swallowing pellets of cocaine with an estimated street value of $25,000.

Crown opens case in robbery/cocaine trial

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran opened the Crown’s case on Tuesday against three men charged in connection with a robbery on the beach at Morritt’s Resort on Christmas Eve last year.

Jury chosen for cocaine robbery trial

Jurors and alternates were chosen in Grand Court on Wednesday for the trial of three men who have pleaded not guilty to charges relating to a Christmas Eve robbery and possession of cocaine.

Bail granted in cocaine case

Ezekiel Carter, 33, appeared in Summary Court on Monday, when he was granted bail on a charge of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

Man arrested for cocaine offenses

Police and customs officers arrested a 33-year-old man early Friday on suspicion of possessing cocaine with intent to supply.

12.5 years for ‘Bumbling drug dealers’

Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn sentenced former Department of Immigration staffers Stephen Wayne Hurlston and Oscar Lee Watler to 12.5 years’ imprisonment on Wednesday for possessing 1.61 pounds of cocaine with intent to supply in October 2015.

Ganja-gun case now to include cocaine

Three men arrested in March for importation of 313 pounds of ganja and firearms will now be also charged with possession of cocaine, Crown counsel Garcia Kelly said on Wednesday.

Customs makes 58 drugs arrests during 2017

Significantly increased levels of cocaine trafficking in the Cayman Islands were noted by Her Majesty’s Customs service, as well as the Royal Cayman Islands Police.

Court fines visitor $3,000 for drugs

A man who planned to be in Cayman for one day ended up in custody for five days after he was charged with drug offenses at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Addict admits residential burglaries

A woman addicted to cocaine was sentenced on Thursday to three and a half years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to two residential burglaries.

Trial set for Christmas Eve cocaine robbery

A September trial has been set for three men accused of involvement in the cocaine robbery at Morritt’s Tortuga Resort in East End on Dec. 24 last year.

West Bay man remanded for business burglary

A West Bay man has been remanded in custody following a charge of burglary at a business premises in the Birch Tree Hill area of West Bay.

Immigration staffers guilty on multiple drug charges

Two Department of Immigration staffers were convicted Wednesday of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

Police: Five ‘drug canoe captains’ in custody

Five individuals known to pilot shipments of illegal drugs back-and-forth between the Cayman Islands and other Caribbean ports are now in Her Majesty’s Prison, Northward, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service confirmed.

Gun and drugs add up to eight years in jail

Possession of an unlicensed firearm and 123 grams of cocaine added up to eight years imprisonment after Javier Howell pleaded guilty to both offenses.

15 years for carrying cocaine from Brac

A man who admitted to bringing 1.8 pounds of cocaine to Grand Cayman from Cayman Brac was sentenced this week to 15 years’ imprisonment.

2015 cocaine conspiracy case almost over

A cocaine case that started in 2015 almost concluded on Friday, when four men were scheduled to be sentenced for their various roles in a conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.
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Man admits firearm, cocaine charges

Javier Howell, 26, pleaded guilty on Friday to possession of an unlicensed firearm, six rounds of ammunition and 123 grams of cocaine with intent to supply.

West Bay man who ran from police enters mixed pleas

A man who escaped police custody and then turned himself in was remanded in custody after entering several guilty pleas on Monday.

Man admits bringing cocaine from Brac

A man charged with having cocaine at Owen Roberts International Airport last year pleaded guilty on Wednesday to possession with intent to supply more than one pound, 12 ounces of the illegal drug.

Second man charged in Christmas cocaine robbery

Fred Ollen McLaughlin was refused bail on Friday afternoon after appearing in Summary Court in connection with the Christmas Eve robbery at an East End beach involving 50 to 60 pounds of cocaine.

Cocaine washes ashore at East End resort

This was not the kind of “white Christmas” that Bing Crosby was singing about. A resort security guard was confronted by a masked man wielding a machete after tourists found several bricks of cocaine washed up on an East End beach.

Man arrested with two pounds of cocaine at airport

An airline passenger traveling from Cayman Brac to Grand Cayman was arrested with about two pounds of cocaine Monday morning, shortly after his arrival at Owen Roberts International Airport.

Split verdicts in cocaine conspiracy trial

Three men facing various charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs were found guilty of one or more charges after a Grand Court jury deliberated on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

Cocaine conspiracy trial begins

Three men who have pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs appeared in Grand Court last week.

23 kilograms of cocaine found on Bodden Town beach

A local resident found 23 kilograms (50.7 lbs) of cocaine along the waterline at a Bodden Town beach Sunday morning.

Men swallowed liquid cocaine, court hears

Two Venezuelan nationals imported cocaine into the Cayman Islands by swallowing packages of the drug in liquid form, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran said on Friday.

Three Venezuelans plead guilty to cocaine charges

Three Venezuelan nationals appeared in Summary Court Thursday when they all pleaded guilty to importing cocaine.

Trial set for drugs found in car and apartment

Two people pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges of possessing cocaine and ganja with intent to supply; they had their trial set for May 3. The defendants, Canute Sebastian Nairne and Laura Marie Quinn, were stopped by police on the morning of Dec. 27, 2016, along the Esterley Tibbetts Highway.

Woman bailed, man in custody for cocaine

Two people stopped in a vehicle check on Boxing Day appeared in Summary Court on Thursday accused of possessing drugs with intent to supply and possessing approximately $7,000 as criminal property.
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UPDATED: Cocaine, ganja, gun found in Windsor Park raid

A police raid Tuesday at a Windsor Park home led to three arrests and found substances believed to be ganja and cocaine. A firearm was also recovered in the search, Royal Cayman Islands Police said.

Three sentenced in cocaine conspiracy

Three people were sentenced Wednesday after admitting they conspired with Alexander Adrian Ebanks to supply controlled drugs. Ebanks was sentenced last month to 6 1/2 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to offenses that included seven charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Sentence cut for coke in hammocks case

The Cayman Islands Court of Appeal reduced from 12 years to 10 the sentence imposed on Kenecia Melissa Millwood after she was found guilty of importing over six pounds of cocaine in 2014. Attorney Amelia Fosuhene argued successfully on Thursday that 12 years was manifestly excessive.

Two plead guilty to cocaine conspiracy

Seven people appeared in Grand Court on Friday accused of conspiring with Alexander Adrian Ebanks to supply controlled drugs. All were given return dates, with two who pleaded guilty coming back for sentencing on Sept. 28.

Cocaine conspirator given 6.5-year prison sentence

Alexander Adrian Ebanks was sentenced on Thursday to 6.5 years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to offenses that included seven charges of conspiracy to supply controlled drugs.

Guilty plea entered in cocaine conspiracy

Alexander Adrian Ebanks, 25, pleaded guilty in Grand Court on Monday to conspiracy to import a kilo of cocaine.

Bail granted on cocaine, ganja charges

A driver stopped by police on May 19 was granted bail on Tuesday following his appearance in Summary Court for charges that include possession of cocaine with intent to supply.

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