Big ganja cache seized

Five men were arrested after 385 pounds of ganja was seized along with a 38-foot, two engine canoe police said was used in a smuggling attempt this weekend.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service operation, which took place on Saturday evening off the coast of Grand Cayman, involved officers from the Drugs Task Force, Marine Unit, Uniformed Support Group as well as Air Support through the use of the helicopter.

During the operation, police, customs and immigration officers aboard Cayman Defender, the newest addition to the Marine Unit fleet, intercepted a canoe on the water.

The vessel was carrying four men, aged 19, 19, 50 and 56, along with 385 pounds of ganja.

The four men were arrested on suspicion of importation of ganja.

The drugs and the boat were seized. Following further investigations a fifth man, aged 24, was arrested on land on suspicion of conspiracy to import ganja.

‘This is a great way for the Drugs Task Force and the Maine Unit to start 2009 and should act as a warning to others who are involved in the importation of illegal goods,’ said RCIPS Superintendent Kurt Walton. ‘Our ability to detect and intercept the movement of prohibited items has been greatly boosted by the addition of Defender to the marine fleet. We are more equipped than ever to tackle drug and gun crime and everyone involved in these trades should be concerned.’