Drug busts

Two separate drug busts by Cayman Islands police last week netted small amounts of ganja, cocaine and ecstasy, as well as a significant amount of cash.

Eight people were arrested in the two operations.

In the first case, police raided a hotel room along West Bay Road on Thursday, 22 May, finding ganja and cash. Two men and three women between the ages of 16 and 27 were arrested on suspicion of drug possession and consumption.

A two-year-old found in the hotel room that was searched by police was unhurt, and has been returned to a relative for the time being.

Chief Inspector Angelique Howell said it was extremely unusual for such an incident to occur in a local hotel. A police spokesperson said all five people arrested were local residents, not tourists.

Meanwhile, a search of a George Town home on Friday, 23 May uncovered small amounts of ecstasy, cocaine and ganja. Three men were arrested in connection with the search of the home, which is located in the Industrial Park area.

Police said the substances found in the Friday raid were being tested, and acknowledged that an ecstasy seizure is unusual in Cayman.

‘Although ecstasy is not common here in the Cayman Islands, we have made this type of seizure before and there have been a couple of arrests for possession of ecstasy this year,’ said RCIPS Superintendent Kurt Walton. ‘The Drugs Task Force works hard to identify those involved in its use and supply and welcomes any information that can help with investigations.’

All three men arrested Friday have been released on police bail pending further investigation.