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Jamaicans charged in connection with Bahamas marijuana cultivation
Published on April 5, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

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Senior police officers along with Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour surrounded by marijuana plants discovered in East Grand Bahama

By Krystel Rolle-Brownry
Nassau Guardian Staff Reporter

NASSAU, Bahamas -- Two Jamaicans believed to be behind the cultivation of an estimated $16.8 million worth of marijuana plants in Grand Bahama were arraigned in a magistrate’s court on Thursday.

Demar Jarrett, 28, and Etton Spencer, 55, both of Westmoreland, were charged with possession of dangerous drugs, cultivation of dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with the intent to supply.

It is alleged the pair carried out the offences on March 24.

They pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Their lawyer, Nathan Smith, told Magistrate Guilimina Archer his clients suffered abuse while in police custody and were not duly informed of their right to counsel.

He said he was also informed that Spencer and Jarrett were offered inducements. However, he did not give details.

Smith requested that his clients be provided with medical attention for their injuries.

Archer said the men would receive medical attention once they were remanded to prison.

The matter was adjourned until April 8.

According to police, officers spotted the field during a routine aerial patrol by officers attached to the Drug Enforcement Unit and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

The marijuana plants were reportedly in excess of 27 plots and scattered over two miles of land.

Police said there were approximately 167,000 plants.

A third man was charged earlier this week in connection with the drug find.

Police said they also found two high-powered weapons on the marijuana field.

Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian
 
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