Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Canoe found on Cayman beach with drugs and ammo, Jamaican charged

Recovered canoe on Spotts beach, Grand Cayman

Recovered canoe on Spotts beach, Grand Cayman

A Jamaican man was arrested and charged in the Cayman Islands, after an illegal landing incident on Grand Cayman.

He appeared in court today (May 25) on drug and firearm-related charges via video link. He was remanded in custody in Cayman until June 8. The 46-year-old man is being isolated, in keeping with COVID-19 security procedures.

According to police, the details of the case are that just after 5 am on Thursday, May 21, police officers in Cayman were on patrol when they came upon a Jamaican-style canoe in the Spotts Beach area of Shamrock Road. A search of the location was conducted and several packages were discovered and seized by police.

The packages contained suspected ganja and two handguns, along with rounds of ammunition.

The police immediately initiated a search for the crew of the vessel that was found, which had apparently landed illegally. Just after 11 am Thursday morning, the Jamaican man was located and arrested on suspicion of illegal landing, importation of an unlicensed firearm and other firearm-related offences as well as being concerned in the importation of ganja and other drug-related offences.

On Saturday, May 23, he was formally charged for two counts of Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of Unlicensed Firearm Ammunition, Being Concerned in the Importation of Ganja, Being Concerned in the Supply of Ganja and Landing in the Cayman Islands without Specific Permission by an Officer.

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