Soldiers charged in connection with ganja seizure

October 28, 2020
The compressed ganja seized in the vehicle being driven by the soldiers.

Investigators from the Jamaica Constabulary Force Narcotics Division, have charged the two Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers who were arrested in connection with a large seizure of ganja in Gutters, St. Elizabeth on Tuesday, October 13.

Charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, shooting with intent, possession and dealing of ganja, taking steps preparatory to export Ganja are: 39-year-old, Roan Mendez of a Kingston 10 address, and 38-year-old, Robert Smith of Balaclava district, St. Elizabeth.

Police reports are that about 9:30 p.m., a team comprising of members of the Narcotics and Westmoreland divisions, assisted by members of the JDF, acting on intelligence, attempted to intercept a minivan in the area.

However, the occupants of the vehicle fired upon the team, and discarded several packages as they attempted to flee.

The vehicle was eventually intercepted and the two men, who were later confirmed to be JDF members, were arrested, their licensed firearms, the ganja, and the vehicle they were traveling in were seized.

According to the police, the ganja weighed more than 1500 pounds, and is estimated to have a street value of over JM $6 million.

The vehicle is property of the JDF.

Following investigations and formal interviews, they were charged on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, and are scheduled to appear in the St. Elizabeth Parish Court on Friday, October 30, 2020.

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