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Trio on drug rap to appear in court today

Jamaica Observer

Friday, July 13, 2012 | 10:39 AM    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Three persons who were charged with breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act in connection with the seizure of almost 2,700 pounds of compressed ganja, during an operation in St James over a week ago, are scheduled to appear in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court today.

They are 32-year-old farmer Oneal Buckridge of Dundee, Westmoreland; 26-year-old security guard Gawayne Stewart of Barrett Hall, St James; and Ucal McKnight, a computer technician of no known address.

The three are facing charges of possession of ganja, trafficking ganja, dealing in ganja and taking steps to export ganja.

Last Monday, Buckridge, Stewart and a Bahamian were taken into custody by members of the Area One Transnational Crime and Narcotic Division (TCND) in connection with the seizure of the weed, valued at approximately $27 million.

Following further investigations McKnight was picked up and subsequently charged.

But the Bahamian, who has been hospitalised with severe burns, is yet to be charged.

Police say the drugs were destined for the guns-for-drugs trade, but gave no details.

According to the cops, the Bahamian, Buckridge and Stewart were travelling in a white Toyota bus which was intercepted in the vicinity of the Barrett Hall beach in St James on Monday, July 2. The vehicle was searched and compressed ganja, weighing 2,695 lbs, was found in 72 knitted bags and a black travelling bag.

The occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody.

—Horace Hines.

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