Five men have been arrested and charged by the narcotics police following the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of ganja.
Those facing charges with the offenses of possession of ganja, dealing in ganja, taking steps preparatory to export ganja, use of conveyance and conspiracy are Carl Manderson, 29, a fisherman of Hellshire, St Catherine, Mark Pitt, 45, a fisherman of Burnt Savannah, St Elizabeth, Gerrol Carey, 38, a mason of Thompson Town, Clarendon, Rudolph Bennett, 44, of Top Hill, St Elizabeth, Aldana Salmon, 25, a farmer of Rocky Hill also in St Elizabeth.
According to reports are that on Saturday, December 28, 2019, at about 5.50 am, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard intercepted a boat around 20 miles south of Morant Bay, St Thomas with the five suspects on board.
The vessel was searched and 44 knitted plastic bags containing compressed ganja were reportedly discovered and confiscated.
The weight of the drug was approximately 2,353 pounds with an estimated street value of $9.4 million.
The accused men are booked to face St Thomas Parish Court on January 8.