Five people were arrested late Sunday on suspicion of conspiracy to import illegal drugs following a police operation conducted in East End.
Officers from the Drugs Task Force, the joint Customs, Police and Immigration Marine Unit and the Air Support Unit conducted the operation that resulted in a 32-foot canoe being seized as well as the arrests.
‘We know drugs and guns are being brought into the Cayman Islands by boat,’ Royal Cayman Islands Police Superintendent Kurt Walton said. “It’s one of our priorities to intercept these boats and prevent the contraband from making it to our shores.’
Police made use of one of the new vessels that have recently been added to the marine fleet. The 38-foot interceptor Niven D was aided by the Cayman Islands Helicopters aircraft throughout the operation.
The suspects’ canoe was pursued and upon reaching land the three occupants got out of the boat and ran off. A full area search was conducted but the three were not located.
The search continued Monday morning. The five other people who were arrested have been detained in connection with the operation and remained in custody at press time.
Sister Islands drugs round-up
Police in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman carried out a number of operations resulting in the arrests of five more people for drug related offences.
On Sunday, Cayman Brac police and the Drugs Task Force joined forces with the Immigration Department, the Department of Environment and HM Customs to carry out a number of operations designed to target the use and sale of illegal drugs.
Officers also helped ensure an accurate record is available of temporary workers on the islands assisting with the post-Hurricane Paloma clean up operation.
The first operation was conducted at the Divi Tiara complex. A number of rooms were searched by officers and two people were arrested.
The two men, aged 34 and 31, both residents of George Town, Grand Cayman, were arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine, ganja, and consuming controlled substances. The two have been released on police bail pending further investigations.
Along with the drug seizures, a number of prohibited weapons were found and seized and in the grounds of the complex a quantity of ganja was found and seized.
In addition, a number of immigration offences were detected during the operation; these will be investigated by the Immigration Department.
A second operation involving the police and HM Customs was carried out in the West End area of Cayman Brac, resulting in the arrest of two more people.
A 30-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman, both Cayman Brac residents, were arrested on suspicion of possession of ganja and consumption of a controlled drug. Both have been released on bail pending further investigations.
A third operation was carried out in Little Cayman by police and HM Customs.
A 40-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of theft, possession of ganja and consumption of a controlled drug. The West Bay resident was transported to Grand Cayman for processing.
‘The Sister Islands should not be seen as a soft or easy target for criminal behaviour,’ said RCIPS Chief Inspector Malcolm Kay. ‘We will not tolerate crime in either Cayman Brac or Little Cayman and all those involved in illegal activity should be aware of this. If you come here thinking you can get away with it, think again.’
A man arrested Monday by Royal Cayman Islands Police in Cayman Brac was the sixth person taken into custody on drugs offences in the Sister Islands within a three-day span.
The 28-year-old George Town resident was arrested Monday afternoon at Cayman Brac airport on suspicion of possession of ganja. He was released on police bail pending further investigations.
The Monday arrest follows five others that were made across Cayman Brac and Little Cayman