Haitian, two Jamaicans charged after drug bust at sea

By Jamaica Observer

The three men who were arrested aboard the vessel that was intercepted by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard during a routine patrol off the coast of Westmoreland last Thursday.

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – The police have charged the three men who were nabbed with ganja aboard a vessel that was intercepted by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard off the coast of White House, Westmoreland last Thursday.

The men have been identified as 39-year-old Guy Robert Joseph a farmer from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Montpelier, Westmoreland; Orlando Sangster, 39, fisherman of Barbary Hall, St Elizabeth and 21-year-old Renaldo Seaton, labourer of Middle Quarters, St Elizabeth.

JDF said approximately 765 pounds of compressed marijuana were found in five packages that were thrown overboard the vessel and another 11 that were still on board.

The seizure and arrest is strongly suspected to be connected to the ongoing guns-for-drugs trade between Jamaican and Haitian criminals,“ the JDF said.

Joseph, Sangster and Seaton are each charged with possession of ganja; dealing in ganja; taking steps preparatory to export ganja; use of conveyance and conspiracy.

Joseph was also charged with illegal entry, as police said investigations revealed that he arrived in the island 10 years ago by boat, illegally.

They are scheduled to appear before the Westmorland Parish Court next Tuesday.

Lawmen said the illicit drug has an estimated street value of $3,048,000.00.

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