Man arrested, cocaine seized

A 55-year-old man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply, possession of cocaine, possession of ganja and consumption of a controlled drug.

The man was arrested in the early morning hours by officers working on ‘Operation Lacovia.’ The operation involves on and off-duty West Bay officers supported by the K9 unit targeting known criminals and tackling serious areas of crime such as burglary and drug crime.

Police said the man was stopped as he cycled on Firewood Close, off Capt. Joe and Osbert Road around 6.35am Wednesday. He was searched under the auspices of the misuse of drugs law.

Officers said the suspect was found with what they believed to be 17 packets of wrapped crack cocaine, seven pieces of crack cocaine and a quarter ounce of cocaine powder, along with a small amount of ganja.

The man was placed under arrest and remained in custody at press time.

‘Drug use is a plague in our communities,’ said Royal Cayman Islands Chief Inspector Angelique Howell. ‘It has a devastating effect on our families, neighbours and the society at large, and we are determined to continue to target those involved in using and selling illegal substances.’