Teenage ganja growers nipped in bud

| 11/08/2009

(CNS): Police said this afternoon that they seized a large quantity of ganja and several ganja plants on Saturday, 8 August during an operation by Bodden Town. The Bodden Town officers were joined with officers from George Town CID and between them they also recovered other items during the operationwhich police stated they believed to be stolen were. Two male teenagers one 19 and 15 were both arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja with intent to supply and cultivation of ganja.


The two men remain in police custody at this time. Police said aside from the ganja the items recovered include power tools and camera supplies. “We appeal to anyone who has recently been a victim of burglary or theft of power tools to come to George Town Police Station to view the items,” said Detective Constable Gustavo Rodriquez.

He added that a proper means of identification and proof of ownership will be needed before items are returned to individuals.

Bodden Town Area Commander Chief Inspector Richard Barrow warned those intent on committing crime that the police will track them down.

 “Those involved in criminal activity will be pursued and prosecuted, and I encourage members of the community to work with us by reporting any instances of suspicious activity they come across,” he said.

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. Anonymous says:

    The "legalization or not" debate aside, it’s against the law now so they made their choices to become criminals.  They doubled that choice by stealing the tools and camera supplies (or taking stolen goods in exchange for drugs, either way). 

    This is not a relatively harmless schoolboy mistake such as trying a puff of ganja to see what it is like.  These guys want to be big-time drug dealers and make their money selling dope to my kids and to your kids.  They want to break into my house and steal my property.  Have no doubt that they’ll need guns in this line of work, drug dealers having dangerous competitors, and that the clock is ticking on when a trigger gets pulled.  This is the beginning of their lives of serious crime. 

    How does Cayman society want to react to this?  Give them a hug and a pat on the head, wagging a finger and saying "Don’t do that again"? 

    Or give them each a long hard term in prison: no phones to keep their druggie contacts connected, no TV to entertain them, no lounging in the sun waiting for the next meal to be served to them like they are guests in a restaurant.  I don’t get to live that way – I have to work for what I have and to pay for my TV’s satellite subscription and to pay for my food and my house and water and electricity and so on and so one.  No.  Put them in separate cells and close the door.  No talking.  No entertainment.  Give them a Bible and let them sit by themselves to grow an attitude adjustment about their place in society.

    You have a choice Cayman: Accept and nurture criminals and you will forever have crime thriving among you.  Make it an unpleasant choice and crime may be reduced.  I recommend serious punishment – solitary confinement with no toys to play with.

    I close with the comment that it is not a choice between addressing crime by either increasing punishment or by the reduction of poverty and unemployment to reduce its attraction.  Both are required to guide the would-be criminal to the right path.  Make the choice clear for them.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Legalise it.

  3. A YOUNG CAYMANIAN!! says:

    I have to laugh at these ppl who don’t know anything about the drug trade…. LOL.

    First of all weed can be cultivated here… you CAN grow the plant. It is a lot easier to do than cocaine because you are just smoking the bud… there is nothing you have to extract (unless u wanted to). Therefore all you need to do is bring in a seed… that’s it! Having "security" at the airport won’t do anything….u could stick the seeds inside a book on different pages, who the hell will find it then?!?!?! You don’t strap weed unto your body… I laugh just thinking about it. Everybody knows the drugs get here by boat; any other way would be pointless and irresponsible.

    Marijuana will always be grown in the Cayman Islands and like Sir Henry Morgan said we should be encouraging it! Get cocaine and all other man made "illegal substances" off the street. Lets leave God’s gift to us right here lol! 


  4. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering where Twyla Mae went to all this time?  I just love reading her comments…she makes me smile.  Keep up the good commentation going Twyla, and bring usback some of those old time jokes with it lol.  

    I would like to know how these drugs are getting into our Island?  Security at the airport you all need to start doing your jobs right!  STOP!  Talking and pretending to be the tourist friends and search each and everyone of them when they do come in that look suspicious.   They carries the drugs strapped aroung their waistline….NO PRETTY FACES SHOULD BE EXCUSE…. last but not least get those drugs smelling dogs and put then to work at the airport sometimes you cant detect the drugs without a dog being present!  It’s high time now for you all to clean up your act and stop being paid for nothing!  DO YOUR JOBS AIRPORT SECURITY OFFICERS!

  5. Sir Henry Morgan says:

    Local growers should be encoraged!

    The problem is the canoes bringing it into the island because they also bring guns and amo.

    I say promote home grown herbs!


  6. Anonymous says:

    I wonder if these guys are locals?

    • Anonymous says:

      Does it really matter if local or not? Commend the police for a job well done and be constructive with your post.

      • Anonymous says:

        Agreed. Crime is crime. and offenders should pay…reguardless of.

    • Twyla M Vargas says:


      A very Vigilent Officer, who needs our continued support in the eastern district.  Good crack down.  Some residents may enquire if the arrested persons were locals,  I too would have some concern about this, however, it does matter whether they are our local boys or not, or whether outsiders are heating up our area.  

        I will tell you something, most of the time, the  crimes that are committed here in Bodden Town are not done by Bodden Towners.  Check it out  for yourselves and you will see that I am right.  Bodden Town is still a sleepy seaside village with  hardworking, very good passive people.   Support the police and they will be in a better position to assist you.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is the problem in Cayman.

      The possibility that it was home grown (i.e. Caymanian) bad boys get brushed under the carpet.