Four Guyanese, two Bajans to face court after large ganja find on ship to Barbados

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Four Guyanese and two Barbadian nationals will appear in Court on Friday to answer charges related to a major bust of marijuana earlier this week at a port in Georgetown.

Those arrested are James Emptage, Clyde Outridge, Hardat Monilall, Randy Welch, Trevor Robinson and Michael Forde.

Ranks of the Customs Anti Narcotic Unit (CANU) in the early evening hours of Wednesday interdicted a Barbados Cargo Vessel at the GNIC Wharf, Lombard Street, Georgetown with bulk marijuana destined for Barbados.

These photos were released by CANU

The Barbados Registered cargo vessel marked “CV1 Barbados” was laden with perishables (vegetables inclusive of plantains, coconut, pumpkins) and other goods.

CANU in a statement said the vessel was searched twice this week as part of an ongoing operation; the first time was on Tuesday, October 6 2020, and then a second search was done on Wednesday, October 7 2020.

It was on the second search that 71 large bulk parcels of marijuana weighing 69.246 kilograms were uncovered concealed in a section of the vessel.

The marijuana found by CANU [Photo: CANU/October 8, 2020]
The vessel is believed to have been in Guyana for several weeks and had undergone repairs whilst docked here.

Two of the crew members of the vessel arrested are Barbadian Nationals whilst the four other suspects arrested are Guyanese.

While the investigations continue, CANU said barring any unforeseen circumstance the matter should be presented in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

CANU says it will continue to tighten its grip on Narcotic distributors throughout the Country.

The vessel on which the marijuana was found [Photo: CANU/October 8, 2020]

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