One of seven men who were held for 24 kilogram cocaine possession pleaded guilty
One of seven men who were held after they were found in possession of approximately 24 kilograms of cocaine in Black River on July 27, pleaded guilty, this morning, in the Black River Resident Magistrate’s Court.
Fifty-two year old supervisor, Venton Jackson, of Lover’s Lane, Black River, pleaded guilty to the charges of possession of and trafficking cocaine.
He was remanded until sentencing on August 22.
The court also ordered that a criminal record report for Mr Jackson be ready in time for his sentencing.
The other six men – three Jamaicans and three Guyanese nationals – will not serve prison time as the Prosecution withdrew the charges against them.
However, the Guyanese men were served with no-entry orders by Immigration Officers in court, and are to be deported.
Among the seven men are Jamaicans – Vernon Jackson; 39-year-old Engineer, Oniel Jones; 42-year-old fisherman, Leroy Malcolm all of Black River, St Elizabeth; and 46 year old fisherman Sylvester Newness of a Kingston address.
The others are Guyanese nationals – 51-year-old Seaman, Siepaul Rickianvan; 48-year-old chef, Owen Drakes; and 36-year-old boat captain, Neville Phaque.
The men were all taken into custody, last month.
Their detention followed a search of a fishing boat at the Hendricks Wharf in Black River.
The vessel had recently arrived from a fishing expedition in Guyana.
The seven men were charged after being questioned by members of the Transnational Crime and Narcotics Division, in the presence of their attorneys, K. D. Knight Q.C., and Carl Miller.
According to the police, the seizure of the drug, which has a street value of 34 million Jamaican dollars, is the single largest cocaine haul in the parish.