Major ganja bust in Ja

CLARENDON, Jamaica – A massive multi-unit operation in St. Catherine, Clarendon, and Trelawny has resulted in the seizure of more than $205 million worth of compressed ganja and the arrest of five persons, including a Bahamian national.

Head of the Narcotics Division Senior Superintendent Carlton Wilson, told The Gleaner that a 40-foot boat with several drums of fuel and a truck that was used to transport a shipment of ganja in Old Harbour Bay were also seized.

The biggest success of the operation came Tuesday.

It began on Monday night when scores of law enforcement agents swooped down upon the fishing village in Old Harbour Bay, St. Catherine, searching for a shipment of ganja that was destined to be shipped overseas.

Reports are that the search ended after more than 1,868 pounds of ganja, packed in 48 bags, were discovered in an old fishing boat smartly concealed in the mangroves. Two men were later taken into custody and the truck seized.

“This is a major trans-shipment point in the illegal drug/gun trade between Jamaica and Haiti,” said SSP Wilson.

The officer said he considered yesterday’s success a breakthrough in the smuggling ring, with the country’s Caribbean neighbours, which came to the attention of the authorities more than two years ago.

“We are now seeking the assistance of our overseas counterparts in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Haiti to assist with the investigations,” SSP Wilson commented.

In the meantime, local police are also looking for a number of persons they believe are directly or indirectly linked to the drug ring.

On Monday, members of Operation Kingfish, the Special Anti-Crime Task Force and the Jamaica Defence Force carried out a raid in Cockpit, Clarendon, where they seized 1,062 pounds of ganja and arrested 43-year-old Sylvester Richards.

Two Jamaicans and a Bahamian were arrested in another intelligence-driven operation conducted in Falmouth, Trelawny, where the narcotics police seized the 40-foot fishing vessel.

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