Illegal drugs go up in smoke

| 09/10/2008

(CNS): Police destroyed 5362.5 pounds of ganja, just over a pound of cocaine and six drug utensils during a burning at Grand Cayman’s landfill site on Thursday, 9 October, the second drug burn of 2008. The substances were seized during police operations at locations across the entire Cayman Islands and represent a large amount of hard work by officers, according to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS).

The burning of drugs is required when the illegal substances are no longer needed as evidence by the courts and as cases can take some years to complete some drugs may have been stored safely for a long period of time.

Security is of the utmost importance during the burn and a variety of officers from the Marine Unit, Drugs Task Force, Uniformed Support Group and the Exhibits Office were present. An independent Justice of the Peace was also in attendance, checking the drugs as they left their storage location and re-checking them when they reached the burn site. In the burning process all material will be destroyed including the packaging or casing in which the substances were held.

It is hoped the burning will send two messages to the community. Firstly, it’s hoped the public will be reassured that illegal substances which are seized by the police are destroyed in a controlled manner when they are no longer needed and secondly, it’s hoped that criminals involved in drugs will receive the message that their operations and illegal goods will literally, go up in smoke.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. micheal western says:

    I wonder if they ever test to see if the drug are the same drugs they took off the street and not replaced with flour or some other look a like substance. 

    • The Patriot says:

      For the life of me, do you people have anything else better to do than try to scandalize the police and their efforts to eradicate drugs from the cayman islands. These officers continuously put their lives at risk at odd hours of the night and under perilious situations to try and keep drugs away from your children. Yet you don’t give a damn that their families worry when they are out on the water confronting drug and firearm traffickers anxious to make a profit off of the expense of lives (possible your own child if you have one).the report clearly says an independent JP was present to witness the entire process. Get a damn life and stop spreading propaganda just simply to make conversation.I dare you to get out on one of the marine boats, at 3:00 in the mornings and confront jamaican canoes and drug smugglers not knowing if you could end up in a shoot out and possibly lose your life. Thank god people like you are not responsible for protecting our borders. Stop the damn false accusations to create gossip and prove your worth.