Drug force nets major haul

| 05/01/2009

(CNS): Police have intercepted a 38-foot, two-engine canoe carrying 385 pounds of ganja and arrested five men following a drug importation interception operation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) Drugs Task Force. The operation took place on Saturday evening, 3 January, off the coast of Grand Cayman and involved helicopter Air Support, the Marine Unit, Uniformed Support Group, as well as the DTF.

During the coordinated operation, police, customs and immigration officers aboard Cayman Defender, the newest addition to the Marine Unit fleet, intercepted the canoe on the water. The vessel was carrying four men, aged 19, 19, 50 and 56, along with 385 pounds of ganja. The four men were arrested on suspicion of importation of ganja, and both the drugs and the boat were seized. Following further investigations, police said that a fifth man, aged 24, was then arrested on land on suspicion of conspiracy to import ganja.

“This is a great way for the Drugs Task Force and the Maine Unit to start 2009 and should act as a warning to others who are involved in the importation of illegal goods,” said Superintendent Kurt Walton. “Our ability to detect and intercept the movement of prohibited items has been greatly boosted by the addition of Defender to the Marine fleet which is set to be boosted still by two more fast interceptor vessels in the very near future. We are more equipped than ever to tackle drug and gun crime and everyone involved in these trades should be concerned.”

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. Twyla M Vargas says:


    They are doing an excellent job, and I say Big them up, Give them the tools to work with and let them know we  stand behind the,

    Be blessed

  2. Boomba says:

    Hats off to who These are the same good o boys who did everything they could do to destroy the Drugs task force so they could Run things and install their little specialist crew.They have manage to get three rinky dink bust in five years shame shame Cayman’s politicians for letting this happen to our police service. Under Derek Haines they were getting a bust a month and with serious amounts of drugs over 1000 lbs at least . Some individuals should be put on trial for the damage they have done to this countries young people A corruption probe is too good for them

  3. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations! Congratulations!

    To the Drugs Task Force!!!!

    For a Job well Done.


    A very proud Caymanian!!!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    With all the recent criticism our Police force have undergone, my hats off to them for such a job well done, in apprehending these criminals.  Do we as a society have the right to question "why are young people are dying such violent deaths, when they continue to partake of such activities?  Is money worth more than our lives?  Let us all question ourselves, search ourselves thoroughly and realize the strain these activities are placing on our country, and on our families.