Cops burn $2.75m of cocaine

| 12/11/2010

(CNS): Millions of dollars worth of drugs went up in smoke at the George Town landfill this morning as the RCIPS officially burned a huge haul of drugs recovered from the country’s coastline recently. Police said a significant portion of the drugs that were set alight had washed ashore on Monday night in East End. On 8 November officers were informed that a large quantity of drugs had been found on the beach. Investigations revealed that the packages contained around 78 lbs of cocaine. Together with a smaller haul in West Bay last month, which police think is connected, the cocaine recovered represents a street value of $2.75million the police said. (Photos Dennie Warren Jr)

Following the discovery in East End the drugs, which was one of the biggest hauls of cocaine in recent times, were transported to a secure location while a land, sea and air search was conducted but no more drugs were found in the area. Police do believe however, that the haul was related to a smaller find in West Bay last month.

“Around two weeks ago a smaller package of cocaine weighing around 3 pounds was recovered from the beach in West Bay,” said Inspector Bennard Ebanks. “The packaging used for both the West Bay and East End hauls is similar and we believe they may be from the same shipment.”

He explained that the RCIPS was actively liaising with other law enforcement agencies and jurisdictions in connection with the recovery and maintaining observations and patrols throughout the Island, particularly the East End area.

“Whether the ultimate destination of the drugs was Cayman or any other island or jurisdiction we are pleased that they are now out of circulation and did not make it onto the streets,” he said. “I would remind anyone who finds any suspicious package, particularly when it containsdrugs, they should immediately contact the police. Possession of drugs is an offence and carries a heft prison sentence.”

Along with the more than 80lbs of cocaine destroyed on Friday morning (12 November) police also burned 167.5 lbs of ganja and a small amount of ecstasy and methylphenidate.


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  1. anonymous says:

    I haven’t seen the police catch any drug smuggling canoes all year. Does anyone know why is that?  I remember reading an article where the drug chief had publicly declared 2009 as the "year of the jamaican canoe" and it seemed that he was right because i remember last year they were catching one every couple months, but i have yet to read any such news of of late. Is he still around in that post or is the jamaican canoe no longer a priority in 2010?

    I am happy that some law abiding persons notified the cops but can you imagine what would have happened if it was some criminal who had found it?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Probabaly just goes to show that they can’t trust there own commrades stealing a few keys if locked away. Again get a radar system and this could be detected. These shipments sometimes are bound together with lifejackets or some material to keep afloat and dry and packed like you would pack a palate and then loaded onto a plane or boat, maybe even those Cocaine subs that the Colombians and Peruvians are usuing now.

    Oh well they must have scuttled it or drowned from that bad weather that just passed through.


  3. Anonymous says:

    Great Job Guys

    Now lets go down to Jacques Scott and destroy all of their drugs.

    O wait somehow their drug is legal killing thousands everyday,proven gateway drug, tearing apart families, putting persons in danger(drinking and driving) and the list goes on.

    Cayman listen up drugs will never truly leave this island as long as an 18 year old can buy as much liquor as he or she wants


    • Anonymous says:

      Jacques Scott is not the only supplier on alcohol so that is not fair comment……comsuming alcohol is your own personal choice.

  4. Legalise the lot says:

    What a waste of police time.  Legalise drugs.  Tax drugs.  Punish anyone who commits a crime with drugs in their bloodstream very harshly.  (Sorry the free pass only works if you play the game).

    The war on drugs has failed.  It costs a fortune and does not work. 

  5. Anonymous says:

    That is a lot less lives and families being ruined from drugs. Good job RCIP

  6. anonymous says:

    Scratching my head and wondering how they can burn drugs just found! and if someone happens to get "caught" in connection with this, where is the evidence.


    How can someone be charged if there is no evidence?

    • Anonymous says:

      I would think you retain samples, and photograph it the whole lot.  Surely it’s better destroyed immediately??  What are they going to do at court – taste it?

      • Anonymous says:

        Worse yet like the batch that was stolen from central police station in George Town it could end up back on the street.

  7. A Mother says:

    Thank God, some Mother’s child won’t get this poison!!!!! and to the one’s that lost it!!!! I am a firm believer GOD WILL  TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!!!!


    • Anonymous says:

      Hay mom i might not get from this shipment but their will be more(especially for christmas season) supply and demand has guaranteed me a high in the near future.

      O and Mom ill jus take from a drug readily available on island, one that i can buy from a very young age and you all turn a blind eye to.


  8. too says:

    Imagine what lands here and doesn’t get found by the police!

  9. Anonymous says:

    GOOD! Now take steps to get the rest of it, and those that use it, off the streets as this place is cluttered with crack-heads and I strongly suspect that coke, more than the recession or anything else is whats behind the substantial increase in crime here over the last couple of years.

  10. Joe King says:

    Cool man, mi bin sittin down wind hall day in me there tonite.

    Peace Man! Good job me brudda’s

  11. Anonymous says:

    Legalise weed, tax it heavily and believe me in no time our economy will be "higher" than ever.


  12. Anonymous says:

    167 lbs of weed up in smoke and no one getting high…sad 🙁


  13. Anonymous says:

    but would people get high if you burn it?!


    • Anonymous says:

      Is that why have been feeling wooozy all morning?:)

    • Columbian Martian Powder says:

      What do you think crack is? All you need is a lil cocaine and some baking soda… and I think I taste a lil bit of cinamon.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Someone lost a lot of money from this situation. Hopefully it hurts their financial situation badly. One can only wonder from where the money originates to finance this amount of drugs? Is it local or foreign money?

    I wonder?

    • Columbian Martian Powder says:

      That’s nothing for those guys! 2.75m is the street value, but it costs them peanuts to produce (I doubt the coke plantations follow any fair trade policies), more often than not coke plantation workers are kidnapped and forced to work in fear that their families will be killed if they don’t.

      • Anonymous says:

        I understand that the purchase price is much less than the street value expressed in the news report. But still the drigs must have cost $100,000+, actually I have no idea but someone lost some real money and the drug producers sold these drugs to whoever brought them to Cayman.

      • Pauly Cicero says:

        The guy here that owes the money to the supplier is the one with the huge problem. I’m certain the supplier wants his peanuts.

  15. Anonymous says:

    WHATT!! Dey shudda sold dat back on da streets ta try and hepp wid dis deff-a-cit!!!


    LAWD, wha dis worl comin ta!!



    • This is not a laughing matter, its serious and for a numb nut like you to make these remarks about selling it speaks volumes for your mentality. We have enough problems with out you encouraging more idiotic ideas.

      Burn it yes, I bet there was some FOOL crying at the loss of his investment money, glory be the funks on them. RCIP good job done.