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(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Two men from The Cayman Islands have been charged with human smuggling and assisting with the illegal departure of a Jamaican.
According to Cayman reports, Ricky William Manderson Jr, 31, and Andrew Elias Powery, 32, appeared in court Friday and were remanded in custody until this week, with no bail applications made.
Crown counsel Kenneth Ferguson said that Cayman’s immigration department received information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jamaica that on Saturday, March 3, two men, along with a Jamaican had been intercepted at sea that day.
The two Caymanians were transported back to Cayman on March 7, after which they were interviewed by customs and immigration officers.
Manderson said he left West Bay in Cayman on March 2, with Powery and a Jamaican named Basil Smith.
They were in a 28-foot vessel with a 50-horsepower engine and a 25hp engine that was supposed to be alternative power.
He said they intended to go to Pedro Bank off Cayman Brac, but developed engine problems and were picked up by the Jamaica Defence Force the next day.
He told officers they had lines for fishing, but did not catch anything.
Ferguson told Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn that Powery’s account was different.
The charges against the two men are worded slightly differently.
Manderson is charged with facilitating the transportation and movement of an individual out of the Cayman Islands while Powery is charged with assisting with the transportation and movement of an individual out of the Cayman Islands.
A second charge is the same for both men – that on March 2 they assisted with the illegal departure of a Jamaican.