DTF discovers ganja haul in shed

| 23/06/2009

(CNS): Police said today (Tuesday 23 June)that Detectives from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Drugs Task Force (DTF) have recovered 24 pounds of ganja in an overnight operation. The illegal drugs were found in an outside shed at the back of a George Town apartment complex. The drugs had been wrapped into 30 individual packages ready for selling and officers said the seizure will have a noticeable impact on the sellers’ illegal trade.

No arrests have been made in connection with the find but police said that and investigations into who might be connected to the drugs continue. “Whoever was involved with these drugs will be hurting today,” said Superintendent Kurt Walton head of DTF. “They lost a fair amount of drugs and I am sure they won’t be very happy about it.”

Although police have not supplied an estimated street value it is understood based on local street prices that whoever had planned to sell the drugs could have expected a return of up to $40,000.

Anyone with information about the seizure is asked to contact the Drugs Task Force on 949-7710. People can also pass information about the use and sale of illegal drugs to 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. Anonymous says:

     Legalize it dont  it!  Some call it Kankee some of them call it Weed,others call it Seed, some call itMarijuana some of them call it Ganja…so Legalize it dont Criticize it!   Its good for Asthma its good for Cancer its good Tubercolis and its good for Relaxation, it s good for the Whole Nation!  Those Politicians are smokin it , man those Ganstas are smokin it, all dem Rastamen are smokin it, Church people are smokin it, even the Hyprocrits are smokin it!  Stop the hate people and legalize it!   Blessed!

  2. Shaun Ebanks says:

    I find it absolutely inappropriate, disrespectful and in poor taste, for the individual who posted the comment on Tue 06/23/2009 -19:16, to be using the late Gregory Thompson name as the person who submitted the said post.

    It’s fine for you or anyone else to praise Gregory Thompson for his tireless efforts as a DTF Crime Fighter, but to use his good name in such fashion is out of order.

    Either you should have used your true name, a pseudonym or simply submitted your comment as Anonymous.

    Gregory Thompson was an honourable Attorney at Law, Police Officer, Husband, Father, Son, Brother and sincere friend of many who knew him. He was my personal friend and former DTF collegue, whom I knew was110% committed to bettering the Cayman Islands for all to live, work and visit. 

    Let me make it public knowledge here and now, I and other’s will be petitioning the Cayman Islands Government, Commissioner of Police and other powers that be, upon it’s completion, the new DTF Marine Base to be named in his honour. I cannot think of anyone whom is more deserving of this honour than the late Gregory Edison Thompson. 

    May Almighty God continue to bless his wife, children, parents, brother and the rest of the family in their continued time of mourning.


    Shaun Ebanks.




  3. Anonymous says:

    Takon i agree with you, i hope ganja stays illegal in the Cayman Islands, personally when i want to relax and hold me a good meditation i fly over to sweet sweet Jamaica and head to the hills,you should know what happens next………………….i’m around 300-700 feet HIGH ABOVE SEA LEVEL,no place better for a relaxing Vacation……………………………………………………………………………….

  4. Takon says:

    let me say to legalize ganja in the CI will be the biggest mistake ever made. i know the CI gov’t won’t even go down that road so its poitless discussing. the UK tried declassifying andrealise they had shot themselves in the foot and quickly reverted back from their mistake. do you want to have even more pot heads and lazy bastards sitting arouns smoking all day and no work ever gets done; then go ahead and try this. 

    now let me move on to another area – to even use Greg’s name here is an insult to his family. i was a personal friend of greg and i knew how much concern he had for cayman islands and the influx of drugs and its damaging affect on the youth. i also know that he and kurt were very good friends and who equally has the same passion as gregwhen it came to crime and drugs. in fact i am a personal friend of kurt as well and his words in general conversation to me were that every decent bust that the DTF make from henceforth will be dedicated in the memory of greg T for all his efforts over the years in drug interdiction. although this will probably never be published officially due to his professional approach to crime fighting,  i am confident within myself that iin the back of the DTF officers minds they will be thinking about Greg when a good bust is made.  this will happen only because kurt will ensure they do; don’t worry about that.

    sometimes these smaller bust don’t make any sense to us because the cops aren’t going to tell us about their plans. knowing kurt for several years now, i am sure he has a plan up his sleeve. thats just the man; quiet,  sometimes unassuming, but effective professionally at the same time. he will make comments to the media only because its the nature of his position, otherwise you probably wouldn’t even know that he was the head of DTF; again thats just the way the man he is.  lets give the RCIPS as much assistance as we can by providing confidential information on drug dealers to help our little island from going down a road of destruction.

  5. Puff the Magic Iguana says:

    Legalisation would take a great deal of money out of the hands of criminals.  If you wanted to design a sytem to help promote crime then making drugs illegal is about as good as it gets. 

    • voice of reason says:

      Kurt Walton says..

      "No arrests have been made in connection with the find but police said that and investigations into who might be connected to the drugs continue. “Whoever was involved with these drugs will be hurting today,” said Superintendent Kurt Walton head of DTF. “They lost a fair amount of drugs and I am sure they won’t be very happy about it.”

      Interesting. The officer that found $13m worth of Ganja in Sept 2007 was run out of the service… what will the officer who found this haul get, a slap on the wrist?

      He is right on one thing though… "They lost a fair amount of drugs and I am sure they won’t be very happy about it"


  6. Anonymous says:

    Please refrain from submitting your comments under my husband’s (Greg Thompson)  name. I appreicate you commending Greg’s hard work in the DTF, but submitting under his name is not appropriate.

  7. Anonymous says:

    With regard to "Ohhhhhhhhhhh boy." I am surprised that CNS would post a comment that suggest that our security forces smoke pot and deal drugs!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Is legalizing just too simple a fix for a dumb problem?  Yes the people who now make money off Ganja will not like this but the people who smoke the many pounds of ganja a day in Cayman will be happy.  What do you think this will do for the tourist industry?  It will free up the police to get real crimanals off the streets( at least as long as the courts take to get them free  so they can do it again).  It would make Ganja cheaper so the non employable types won’t have to steal as much to get some.  It would also employe many of the same in an easy job. It make so much sence that this will never happen in Cayman.

  9. anonymous says:

    To the person who submitted as Greg T RIP, I would appreciate if you would not submit his name on this website. Please use your own name and stop using Greg’s name. Greg did alot for the community when it came to drugs but i am sure his brother and other family members would not use your name if you were dead. Please let him RIP. Obviously who ever you are, you do not have no respect for him and i personally do not care how close of a friend or family member you are. His family is still mourning over his lost and just remember he left a wife and 2 young kids behind. Do you know how they would feel about seeing his name on this website, especially with Father’s Day just this passed weekend. You should be ashamed of yourself. Maybe you are one of those that he arrested sometime back and can’t take the pressure. Yes, he made a difference for the Cayman Islands when it came to drugs along with Mr Haines, but i ask you, please do not use his name as i find this to be disrespectful.


    Have a goo day!



  10. Anonymous says:

    Ohhhhh boy. Now we need another shipment. Enjoy the weed police officers, Most of the dealers are police officers anyway…

  11. Anonymous says:

    May I ask why the officers ‘swooped’ at night to find the packages. Surely if they ‘sneaked’ in at night they could have set up some kind of sting operation to find out the owners. Maybe by removing the drugs and replacing with duds and then setting up surveillance?

    Although some ganja gets taken off the streets, the dealers are still untouched. Not a very successful operation.