Cops open dynamite enquiry

| 04/04/2012

dynomite.JPG(CNS): A consignment of dynamite shipped into the Cayman Islands last month by a local company has triggered a police investigation. The container load of explosives, which was imported without a licence, has now been seized by the customs department, a spokesperson for the RCIPS confirmed Tuesday. “Police can confirm an investigation is currently on-going into a quantity of explosives which were imported into the Cayman Islands without the necessary paperwork,” an RCIPS official stated. Sources have told CNS that the explosives plus a key piece of heavy machinery which has also been imported and seized are in connection with a “major fill project” which could have significant public interest.

As yet unable to confirm the details regarding the explosives shipment and the under declared equipment, CNS has submitted a number of questions to the authorities and has also made an FOI request about the shipments, requesting copies of any correspondence relating to the dynamite and heavy equipment between various government agencies, departments and offices.

According to the law, anyone who wishes to import dynamite must have permission and a licence to do so. The explosives law states that anyone who is not authorised in writing by the National Roads Authority director to possess, control, sell, deal, buy or import explosives is guilty of a crime.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Whoever, not being authorised in writingby the Managing Director in that behalf-

    (a) has in his possession or control;

    (b) sells;

    (c) buys;

    (d) barters;

    (e) deals in;

    (f) stores;

    (g) IMPORTS;

    (h) exports; or

    (i) uses,

    any explosives or AIDS, ABETS or suffers any person under his control so to do is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine of one thousand dollars and to imprisonment for six months, and the explosive, with respect to which the offence is committed, shall be FORFEITED to the Crown unless the court, for good reasons, otherwise directs.

  2. Anon a mouse says:

    No my friends, this goes WAY above mere Cayman Law(lessness).
    The movement of Explosives is Governed by International Laws & Regulations with VERY SERIOUS penalties, especially since 9/11.
    Think MI5, Homeland Security, & International Shipping Laws (both Ocean going & Aircraft).
    Bear in mind that CRUISE SHIPS are Prohibited from being within 5 Miles of this Class of Explosives, & that our Port Authority is REQUIRED to disclose the presence of Explosives within this ‘Exclusion Zone’ to any International Shipping Vessel entering this Zone.
    How many times has this protocol been ignored over the years?
    What is the Great Dictator’s connection to this fiasco.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Don't you know.???.. Cayman has at least two sets of laws.. EXEMPT, PRIORITY ANDfXXX THE REST OF US!!  Can't stand the corruption that is soooooo blatent. It's what has caused us to lose faith in our authorities. You know this is just another 'investigation' that will be buried on the 'drop-off'.

  4. Anonymous says:

    You write, "…in connection with another  fill project." It this a secret? If so why?


    I would like to be notified well in advance of any further blasting or dredging in Grand Cayman, as one more hole in this island and it will sink, with a very loud gurgle. I need time to jump ship. 

    • Anonymous says:

      contrary to what appears to be popular belief the island does not float…it would be therefore impossible for it to 'sink'.

      • Anonymous says:

        ..but it could drown.  Thnk – New Orleans.  We are also becoming a deep bowl!!

  5. BOOM !! says:

    STOMP !!, STOMP!!, STOMP!! 🙁  Darn it I got caught this time,  STOMP !!  STOMP !!  STOMP !!.

  6. SKEPTICAL says:

    This is not Rocket Science – unless the “Importees” were going to conduct some scientific research into the ” Big Bang ” theory about the origins of the Universe.
    On the facts available it appears that ” SOMEONE ” has broken the law relating to importation of explosive materials. So, WHY has nobody been at least put on noticeof possible prosecution for an offense under the applicable law. And this does not include the possibility, however remote, that if anything had gone wrong, the contents of that container would have ” removed ” most of George Town.
    Sure as Hell, if I arrived on a flight from Miami and failed to declare items which exceeded my ” Duty Free ” allowances, my arse would be under arrest, and I would be looking at criminal prosecution, an almost certain guilty verdict and, ( because there wouldn’t be any acceptable excuses ) a hefty fine, and duty penalties which could be as much as three times the duty payable.

    • Truth says:

      Two BIG reasons poosible.  First:  Cayman is a third world country with a police/justice system to match and second:WHO is involved has more power then the so called laws (see first reason).  Get used to it.  It will not change in your lifetime.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I would also be Interested to know where this shipment originated. One would like to think that a person Cannot just go into a hardware store and purchase a container load of high explosive without setting off some alarm bells or raising some red flags. Surely there has to be some sort of permits required by the seller as well.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Make some arrests.  The pigs will start squealing to save themselves.

  9. Anonymous says:

    How come everyone knows what's going on here but me?

  10. Anonymous says:

    This investigation will be performed in the same manner of the others that have been undertaken by the joke squad!

    • Dred says:

      God forbid if its the same jokers who are chasing:

      1) GT Election incident

      2) "Financial Irruglarities"


      Get their grimy hands on this… would be dead long before it got started.

  11. Annonnymous says:

    I wonder if it was that container I saw headed East  a week or so ago with a diplomatic vehicle tailing it flying a govt flag?  a small voice told me to follow it and I did not  I wish I had! I never took the license plate # either- darn it!!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is not the only act of desperation – read page 19 of Compass re Emerald Sound approval

  13. Anonymous says:

    Name and shame the first chance you get. Cayman needs to know who we dealing with.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Is this anything to do with an earlier problem when blasting using a specific explosive was banned so the company involved just switched to using something else that wasn't covered by the ban?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Politically explosive stuff – maybe. If it is politically explosive then is the investigation likely to take as long as those into certain curious real estate transactions – yes. Good governance – LOL. 

  16. Anonymous says:

    It seems like a lot of people know a lot more about this than is being reported! Don't be shy.  The only way people get away with corruption is if those who are in the know keep their dirty secrets for them. 

    • Anonymous says:

      As you clearly know, there are two key players. What a disgrace this country is. Everyone knows who done it, but no Governor, no arrest. We need to change from "Founded Upon the Seas" to "Founded Upon Corruption." As much I love my country, the lack of ethics and lack of accountabilty truly sicken me. 

    • Anonymous says:

      Expose the Big Boss.  Someof us like to be too authoritative, and use his/her position to push the envelope too far.  Prosecute the instructionist for obstructing and using authority that doesn't exist.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Were the percussion caps in the same shipment, or were they brought in separately on an airline, I wonder? It might be worth investigating.

    • Anonymous says:

      You mean "Blasting" (detonator) caps….right?Percussion caps are used to fire a black powder weapon not explosives.


    • Anonymous says:

      TSA's website says this about blasting caps on an airline:  "Blasting caps, compressed air guns, fire extinguishers, flare pistols and gun lighters are regulated as hazardous materials and may only be transported as cargo on passenger planes under strict limitations in quantity and packaging"

      It really would be interested to see if these rules were complied with or the parties and possibly Cayman Airways could be in for some serious issues in Miami as well. It would clearly be jail time in the USA if the package was mis-labelled or the quantities were incorrect. 

      CNS, please do your research on this airline comment. If true its probably even worst than the illegal shipment by boat.

  18. Tick Tick Boom says:

    Now go have a look-see where the millions of dollars worth of fill from the high school buliding site in West Bay went to….

  19. I am hearing says:

    I am hearing that this one STINKS!

    I wonder if the Police will now do their jobs? 

    Why are certain Politicians being treated as if they are immune from investigation and prosecution?

    CNS please persist, the truth needs to be told!


    • Anonymous says:

      Let the PUBLIC know which politician requested the release and JAIL his, you know what.  That is where he should be locked away forever.

  20. Guy Fawkes says:

    Plan A = Fail 🙁

  21. Anonymous says:

    This is Cayman, no-one will be prosecuted for the trivial little issue of a ton of unlicenced dyno. Wrong type of criminal you see. Just plead ignorance of the law. Get caught with a spliff butt though or dance and make merry on a Sunday and yo ass is in big big trouble

    • Stiffed-Necked Fool says:

      What needs to be investigated is the Politician(s) who tried to get this serious incident covered up. To me that is a worse crime than the crime itself but we know, as usual it will be swept under the carpet.

    • Anonymous says:

      Wish I could give you a LMFAO vote in addition to liking your comment

  22. Peanuts says:

    This one is going to require a large piece of carpet and a large broom. Note the large Underlay to Disguse the Person involved.

  23. Anonymous says:

     Does Cayman have an "Explosive Substances Act" or "Maritime Security Act" ? This could be very serious.

  24. Serious says:

    This is serious and I hope a full investigation is carried out by the police.

  25. Anonymous says:

    But the restriction on importing explosives and under declaring the value of equipment doesn’t apply to companies part owned by politicians does it – particularly where it is part of a big juicy development project.?