Several arrested in drug busts

A number of people have been arrested for various drugs offences ranging from possession of cocaine with intent to supply to possession of a firearm and possession of ganja during operations by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The following arrests were made as part of proactive efforts to stamp out illegal drug use in the Cayman Islands.

• Two 28-year-old men were arrested and a substance thought to be cocaine was seized during an operation in the vicinity of Royal Palms. One man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and suspicion of consumption. The second man was arrested on suspicion of possession and consumption of cocaine. Following the operation a firearm was found by a member of the public in the sand. There have been no arrests in relation to the weapon at this time and investigations are continuing.

• A 39-year-old man and a 48-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja with intent to supply and consumption of ganja following an operation in West Bay. The 49-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm after ammunition was seized.

• A large amount of cash has been seized and one man has been arrested following a drugs operation in West Bay. The 27-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession and consumption of ganja. An investigation is under way.

• A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja with intent to supply and suspicion of consumption following a DTF operation which resulted in approximately 10 pounds of ganja being seized in Savannah.

• An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja with intent to supply and suspicion of consumption following an operation by the Drugs Task Force in North Sound Estates.

• A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession and consumption of crack cocaine following observations by police in the Wahoo Close area of George Town.

• Three men, aged 18, 20 and 22 were arrested on suspicion of possession and consumption of ganja following observations in the Kirks Supermarket parking lot.

• Approximately 74 ganja plants were recovered from an area of bush in Prospect. No arrests have been made in relation to the seizure yet.

‘Attacking drug crime and its causes is a key priority for the RCIPS,’ said Commissioner of Police, Mr. Stuart Kernohan. ‘Communities want us to act and we have listened. We know it is only a small number of people responsible for drug supply and use and we will do everything we can to make life as difficult as possible for those who want to engage in this sort of activity.’

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