Jamaicans held in huge dollar drug bust remanded, two Guyanese in US prison

(Jamaica Gleaner) The six Jamaican men allegedly held in the eastern Caribbean in a multi-million dollar drug bust have been remanded.

The men, who appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate’s Court yesterday, were ordered to return on September 26.

The accused are Robert Lindsay, Stephen Watt, Owen Dunkley, Anthony Augustus Williams, Bernard Knight, and Byron Forrest.

They are jointly charged with possession of, dealing in, exporting, conspiracy to export and trafficking ganja.

The police reported that last month a Jamaican-registered vessel laden with 2,800 pounds of ganja was intercepted in the eastern Caribbean by officials from the United States Coast Guard and the British Navy.

They further said seven men, two Guyanese and five Jamaicans, were aboard.

The police say the vessel was searched and the drugs found.

The police say the drugs have an estimated street value of 14 million dollars.

The police say the Jamaicans were arrested and later handed over to investigators at the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division, while the Guyanese men were incarcerated in the United States.

The police say following investigation the sixth Jamaican man, who is the owner of the vessel, was picked up during a local operation last week.

They say more than US$2,000 and other items were seized in that operation.

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