Police seize 200lbs ganja

| 28/06/2009

(CNS): Two people were arrested and 196 pounds of ganja were seized in a raid carried out by RCIPS detectives on Thursday, 25 June, at a George Town address. Officers have also confiscated a 32-foot Jamaican canoe fitted with 1 x 65 horse power engine, which will be forensically examined. The suspicious vessel was reported to police and found abandoned in the water in the Prospect area. One man, aged 28, was arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja with intent to supply and the second man, aged 25, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the possession of ganja.

Both have been released on bail pending further enquiries. Two other men believed to be connected to the drugs are wanted on suspicion of importation of ganja and possession with intent to supply and are currently being sought by police.

This operation follows the earlier seizure of 24 pounds of ganja which was made on Monday, 22 June, bringing the total amount of ganja seized this week to 220lbs.

“We believe the ganja we have taken off the streets came into Cayman very recently on this canoe,” said Superintendent Kurt Walton. “If anyone recognizes the canoe or has any information about its recent movements we would very much appreciate them coming forward or contacting us anonymously.”

Walton also urged the community to look out for suspicious activity at sea and report anything unusual. “We know boats are used for trafficking drugs and firearms,” he said. “If you spot something unusual at sea or along the coast line you can contact your local police station, the Drugs Task Force or Crime Stoppers.”

In a separate incident on Thursday a man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating ganja following a search of his house in Newlands. The 23-year-old was arrested by DTF officers after they found 17 ganja trees.

Anyone with information about illegal drug use or supply is asked to contact the Drugs Task Force on 949-7710 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. Shaun Ebanks says:

    Good work Supt. Kurt Walton and DTF officers. Let’s all work together and get those individuals off the streets who came and imported the illegal drugs and God knows what else, into the Cayman Islands on this said canoe.

    As Supt. Walton said, residents should keep a keen eye out for suspicious activity particulary on or near our coast lines for future illegal importations. Remember, it is estimated that anywhere from 8-12 such vessels arrive each month similarly to the one just captured and mentioned in the above press release.

    Ever wonder how most of the illegal drugs/guns arrive into in the Cayman Islands or where does all the stolen property disappear to from the Burglaries, Thefts and Robberies ??? Well, you have just got your answer  !!!!!!   

  2. whodatis says:


    That oughta’ hurt!

    Now folks…standby for reports of a few lowlifes getting their heads blown off in some dark corner of one of our beloved questionable neighborhoods…

    Congrats RCIPS! Keep up the good work!

  3. Anonymous says:

    And what happened to our very expensive new police boats?  Where they on patrol at all, or was this boat spotted by the public?