By LAMECH JOHNSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
FOUR men, a Jamaican and three Bahamians, were remanded to prison yesterday after being arraigned in connection with a seizure of $900,000 worth of marijuana that was found less than a week ago.
Wayne Pryce, 53, of Kingston, Jamaica, appeared before Magistrate Samuel McKinney with Jamal Greene, 32, of Boil Fish Avenue, Ty Wallace, 35, and 48-year-old Theodore Lockhart, both of Maple Street. The men face four drug-related charges concerning a May 22 seizure.
They are charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs and importation of dangerous drugs. They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate told the accused men that the question of bail could not be considered for them because of the nature of the charges.
He told them that they would be remanded to Her Majesty’s Prisons until the completion of their trial.
The four accused are to reappear in Court No 1 on May 29 for a status hearing.
On the morning in question, a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) acting on a tip, arrested the four suspects off Carmichael Road around 6am.
The team intercepted a white van in the area of Faith Avenue off Cowpen Road. The van allegedly had 37 packages of suspected marijuana weighing about 670 pounds. The men who were arrested were inside a vehicle owned by the company MIYA, which has a partnership with the Water and Sewerage Cooperation (WSC) to reduce water losses.
One of the suspects is an employee of the company who had completed an overnight shift that ended at 5am, a statement from MIYA said.