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Drugs found in shipments

Police investigations into the discovery of drugs in two shipments – one from Canada and the other from Jamaica – have resulted in six men being charged.

Four of them appeared in the District “B” Magistrates’ Court today but only one walked out on bail.

Andre Antonio Crichlow, 32, of 1st Avenue, Alkins Land, Eagle Hall, St Michael; John Grazettes, 48, of 2nd Avenue, Peterkins Land, Bank Hall, St Michael; and Selwin Junior Thorne, 38, of Gemwick, St Peter were all remanded while Jason Travolta Calderon, 33, of Block E2, North Close Wildey, St Michael was granted bail. The four will reappear in court on September 25.

They were all charged with conspiracy and trafficking, while Crichlow and Grazettes faced additional charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation of nine pounds of cannabis. Grazettes was additionally charged with committing acts preparatory.

The charges were laid after members of the Enforcement Unit of the Customs and Excise Department carried out a search at the port, on August 20, of a consignment which arrived from Canada. Compressed cannabis was discovered and further investigations led to the arrest of the four men.

Grazettes is additionally accused of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and cultivation of 37 cannabis plants after a search warrant was executed at his home and the plants were allegedly found under cultivation.

Police also arrested and charged Amos Wilberforce Andrews, 56, of Fitts Gap, Westbury Road, St Michael; and Martin Andrew Griffith of Bay Street, St Michael, following another seizure by the Customs Enforcement Department yesterday.

Officers from the unit carried out a search of a consignment containing seasoning which arrived from Jamaica. The search revealed two pounds of cannabis concealed in the bottled seasoning and the duo was subsequently arrested.

They will face charges of possession, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation when they appear in court tomorrow.

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