Cocaine Found During Midnight Road Block

| 16/10/2014

(CNS): The RCIPS have arrested a 31 year old man from George Town for drug offences after they seized what they suspected to be cocaine and ganja during a roadblock. The police have also argued that their roadblocks are legal despite a criminal complaint filed by a local attorney who states that the blocks are unconstitutional. This road block which netted an undisclosed quantity of drugs took place at around 12:30am on Sunday 12 October at the Sound Way and Sparky Drive intersection. Police said the suspect was searched and found to be in possession of several packets of white powder believed to be cocaine.

Following the seizure of the class A narcotic the police conducted a further search of the man’s car which was when officers said they found several jars of vegetable matter resembling ganja. He was then arrested on suspicion of possession of controlled drugs and possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

In the wake of a formal complaint filed by local attorney Peter Polack after he was stopped in a road block on 11 September, which he said was unconstitutional and therfore illegal, a spokesperson for the RCIPS said: “Under the Traffic law 2011, constables are authorize to stop vehicles and erect roadblocks or barriers.  Road blocks are common place in the Cayman Islands and often serve as sobriety check-points for general road safety and enforcement of the traffic law.”

However, Polack said that the claims by the police that the law provides for the roadblocks are wrong as it breaches the constitution. He also noted that officers are not even conducting the blocks in accordance with the section of the traffic law that has not yet been updated to reflect the new constitution.

Polack who is continuing with his complaint said that this was an example of one of many laws that have not been amended or updated to reflect the constitution. In a recent Viewpoint posted on CNS Polack pointed to the failings of the attorney general in relation to the amendments that are desperately needed to update Cayman’s statute books. Despite spending almost $1.5 million in the last three years on outside counsel, the government’s chief attorney had still not dealt which this fundamental job, he argued.

Polack warned that the number of unconstitutional laws as well as the failure of the police to carry out their duties even within the parameters of the laws that are unconstitutional is leaving government exposed to human rights challenges.

 

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Instead of just checking for the Licence plate and scanning for insurance. Why not bring the  drug dogs out to sniff the cars.  That is even if the  Licence and insurance is up to date. Plus have a second or third set a bit further back to pull over the individuals that turn around  to avoid the road blocks and thoroughly inspect them. Plus change the law to allow for overnight arrest for avoiding a road block. That's more if the individual has a prior arrest. Maybe a little harsh and people like Mr Pollock might start complaining again. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    Numerous drug, burglary and firearms cases have been resolved and criminals brought to account by reason of these great roadblocks.   That is in addition to the DUIs.  The only people opposing the roadblocks are people who drive while drunk and "rights" lawyers who amke their money getting criminals off.

    • And Nother Ting says:

      Numerous, I bet you can't give dates and places.  Mama look a boo boo de.

      • Anonymous says:

        06.11, obviously you woke to early this morning and stubbed your toe getting out of bed…bet you cant give any examples either. But it happens. Its in the press. Unless you are saying Wendy is lying of course?? Or haven't you noticed the extra police cars flying around these days, stopping people doing stupid things. I have. Its very noticeable. So calm down, your toe will get better, stupidity may take a little longer to sort out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Only 3 types of people walk at night. Police, dogs and criminals. RCIPS keep up the good work. Don’t let any disgruntle lawyer upset ya’ll. Him being upset just means ya’ll are doing your jobs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Yes but what does that say about your paradise island that I do not feel safe to walk at night.  I have walked in dangerous cities but cannot walk in Cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      hey forget people who need get piece, late night cravings has people on the road #lesseyeswatching

    • Anonymous says:

      Based on this logic we will soon see curfews with police arresting anyone that challenges it.  I keep seeing comments praising the idea of a dystopian future that great minds have warned of.  People seem to be calling for martial law.  

  4. Slowpoke says:

    Dear Mr. Polack,

    You are absolutely right.

    Please do not get discouraged by the negative comments by people who do not understand the principles, law, or future implications.

    • Anonymous says:

      Thats right dont forget the future implications more crime less arrests. Poor police cant catch anyone now and the lawyers make it even more difficult. The courts are not performing in fvour of the police but more for the criminals.

  5. Otherview says:

    Cayman needs more road blocks, morning, noon, and night. This will be a great deterant 

    to the rampant crime problem and take many scofflaws off the streets. Only those breaking the laws should feel "inconvenienced" by a road block. Those breaking laws do not deserve "human rights".

  6. RP says:

    You know what at least they are visible and taking to the streets and sending a message that they are enforcing laws.  Let's for a moment applaud them for visibly carrying out their duties of keeping us safe.

    if they don't do roadblocks we complain that they hide behind closed doors.  Let's cut these guys a break for once.  More presence on the streets should deter criminal activity which is lately being carried out in plain sight.  

    They seem to be damned if they do damned if they don't.  I am no cop and I do believe they can do a lot more and better but taking to the streets is a major step forward in my books.

  7. Anonymous says:

    PPM cut Marine Border Control's budget by hundreds of thousands last year, within a few months of being in power. While I applaud the RCIPS for their successes on island relating to drugs, it needs to be said that all this could be prevented if we had the proper protection of our borders! It is as if our paid officials and police officers are afraid of the men who come ashore to drop off drugs and weapons!

    Time to talk about the big elephant in the room. 

  8. Anonymous says:

    Road blocks do VERY little. In fact i would go as far as to say the only reason they do them is to make it look like they actually do ANYTHING!

    RCIPS = A farce

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you even read the article?  The roadblocks obviously do something.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you bother reading the article?

    • Anonymous says:

      I guess from all the thumb downs you are getting people dont agree with you.

      It is an inconvience that is suppose to be for the greater good or do we want to legalise crime?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Doesn't the RCIPS have better things to do then harrassing people minding thier own business late at night.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Excellent job RCIPS.  Keep up those roadblocks; catch the bad guys and if a few of us are delayed so be it.  Maybe you should put out a statement regarding the number of people carryng illegal drugs, guns, or havng expired drivers licenses, expired insurance and car licenses etc. you've caugt via roadblocks over the last year or so. I understand the need for our 'Rights' to be protected but come on, being delayed by a roadblock…….really?  Lets make this place safer for the law abiding citiizen. 

    • Anonymous says:

      YES!  Keep on busting the bad guys who are ruining this country!  Keep up the roadblocks!

      This Peter Polack character is making things worse for everybody.

  11. Fred the Piemaker says:

    Sounds like this might be a nice test case for Mr Polack's theory.