Five men charged for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act are to appear in the St Thomas parish Court on January 8. 

The men were charged following the seizure of over 2,000 pounds of marijuana on December 28, 2019.

Charged are 29-year-old Carl Manderson, a Fisherman of Hellshire St. Catherine, 45-year-old, Mark Pitt also a Fisherman.

Pitt’s from Burnt Savannah in St. Elizabeth.

Also charged is Gerrol Carey a 38-year-old, mason of Thompson Town, Clarendon, 44-year-old Rudolph Bennett of Top Hill, St. Elizabeth and Aldana Salmon a 25-year-old, farmer of Rocky Hill, St. Elizabeth.

They’ve been jointly charged with Possession of Ganja, Dealing in Ganja, Taking Steps Preparatory to Export ganja, Use of Conveyance and Conspiracy.

Reports are that shortly before 6 o’clock in the morning, the Jamaica Defence Force coastguard intercepted a vessel approximately 20 miles south of Morant Bay, St. Thomas with the five men on-board.

The vessel was searched and 44 knitted plastic bags containing compressed ganja were found.

Police say the weed weighed just over 2,000 pounds with an estimated street value of over $9-million.