Tuesday 11 August, 2020

‘Defiant truck driver flexes motor muscles’ amid big ganja bust

Members of the Narcotics Division seized approximately 1,300 pounds of compressed ganja during an anti-narcotics operation along the Water Wheel main road in Cave district, Westmoreland on Tuesday, July 30.

But before completing their mission, the officers reportedly came in for a violent encounter.

Reports are that about 1:40 p.m., a Freightliner truck which was suspected to have been carrying the illicit drug, was signalled to stop by law enforcement officers.

The driver disobeyed, sped off and was pursued by the police.

A roadblock was established by lawmen, at which occupants of the truck reportedly opened gunfire at the police, which was returned.

The driver of the truck reportedly began using the vehicle as a weapon, and made several attempts to mow down the officers.

The truck subsequently crashed into a Toyota Voxy motorcar that was occupied by police officers.  

The driver of the truck reportedly continued attempts to escape, when the truck subsequently crashed into an Isuzu motor truck, injuring its occupants in the process.

The truck then crashed into a Toyota Camry motorcar, before ramming into a perimeter fence.

Subsequently, the driver and three occupants of the truck are said to have attempted to escape the scene, but were pursued and caught.

Their identities are being withheld, pending further investigation.

A search of the truck resulted in the seizure of 170 parcels marijuana.

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