Cops find cocaine bonus in recent ganja haul

| 27/01/2009

(CNS):  More than one and a half pounds of cocaine has been discovered among the 385lb haul of ganja seized earlier this month, police said today (27 January).  The drugs were found when a 38-foot canoe (left) equipped with two engines was seized by police in an operation on 3 January. The cocaine was found stuffed and hidden in some of the ganja parcels following a full examination by the forensics analyst.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) confirmed that 1.63 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of around US$75,000, was also recovered. The operation, which took place off the coast of Grand Cayman, involved officers from the Drugs Task Force, Marine Unit, Uniformed Support Group as well as Air Support through the use of the helicopter.  Four men on the boat were arrested and charged for importation and possession of ganja. In addition to the ganja charges, the four men will also be charged with importation and possession of cocaine.

“Proactive policing prevented these drugs from getting on to our streets and anyone involved in the importation of illegal goods should be warned that they will be prosecuted if caught,” said Superintendent Kurt Walton. “The recent addition of the two fast interceptor vessels along with a 65 foot patrol boat to our Marine fleet will only further enhance our ability to target those engaged in such activities. “

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:

    Follow the money, who paid for these drugs to be imported? Until some of the money men drug imported are arrested the drug trade will continue, the small fry are easily replaced.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hurray, there certainly was a big catch, but doesnt it seem rather strange that it took  from the 3rd of January to the 7th to I hope not discovber but to release the news of  cocaine being in the catch.  This could cause the perception that something went amiss, and the RCIP needs to disclose what in realty happened.

    • Bobby Anonymous says:

      READ THE STORY, OH NEGATIVE ONE!  "The parcels of Ganja were being opened by forensics when the Cocain was discovered burried within the Ganja."

      Have a little bit of paise for the men and women that chase these people while most of us are in bed nice and warm.

      Great job, guys.

  3. Shaun Ebanks says:

    Excellent operation Kurt Walton and DTF officers, way to go !!!!!!!!

    Let me publicy say that I have the utmost confidence in Det- Supt. Kurt Walton abilities as the officer in charge of DTF, despite knowing the imported practices that he and his officers have to encounter with on a daily basis.

    With approximately 2-3 such illegal canoes entering our jurisdiction every week, I know that your successes could be ten times better had you not been confined to work within such absurd  practices.

    The C.I. Drugs Task Force should be exactly what the name implies. A strike force of officers equipped and designed to react at a moments notice whether on sea or land, to any active intelligence or threat that contravenes the laws of the Cayman Islands jurisdiction. If we are incapable of doing just that, then we have failed the country and it´s people. It´s simple as that.

    It´s pleasing to see that we have recently received several interceptor vessels for the DTF but this alone will not solve the security risks that are posed to our borders on a 24 hour basis. The RCIPS should be in a state of proactiveness as opposed to reactiveness, which again is brought about by these policies/practices which have no consideration for the Caribbean Criminal Culture or it´s way of Operation.

     

    Shaun Ebanks.