Sunday 8 December, 2019

Over $6 million worth of ganja seized in two busts in rural parishes

The police have seized marijuana with a combined street value of over $6 million and arrested nine persons in connection with the finds over the last two days in two rural parishes.

In one operation carried out in Negril on Tuesday, police intercepted a vessel carrying 656 pounds of ganja, which has an estimated street value of approximately $2.6 million.

Three Honduran nationals were arrested in that operation.

A day after that raid, a team of narcotics police went to St Ann and arrested six men, four of whom were over 50 years’ old.

Marijuana with a street value of $4.5 million was seized in that raid.

There are no reports that the two finds were linked.

Information received in relation to the operation on Tuesday, is that about 9pm, members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard intercepted a vessel that was sailing off the coast of Negril.

The vessel was searched and found to contain approximately 656 pounds of ganja.

Three Honduran nationals were found on the vessel, and were subsequently handed over to the police.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations by the police.

In the other incident on Wednesday, reports are that about 4pm, law enforcers were on an operation in the Exchange area of St Ann, when they saw the six men removing the illicit drugs from a premises.

The men were subsequently arrested after the drug that weighed 1,113.46 pounds and has an estimated street value of $4.5 million, was confiscated.

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