Drug boat seized, 7 arrested

Seven men were in police custody Tuesday following an overnight operation which resulted in more than 600 pounds of ganja and a 32-foot boat being seized by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

Drug boat seized in Spotts

A photo of the drug canoe that was seized in Spotts overnight. Photo: RCIPS

The operation involved officers from the joint Police, Customs and Immigration Marine Unit, Drugs Task Force and Uniform Support Group, police said.

Seven people were arrested in total; five were aboard the vessel and two were arrested on land. All have been arrested on suspicion of importation of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.

Four of the men, who police said gave Jamaican addresses, have also been arrested on suspicion of illegal entry into the Cayman Islands.

The boat was intercepted off the Spotts coastline of Grand Cayman at around 12.30 Tuesday morning by Marine Unit Officers aboard Tornado and Cayman Defender.

The Cayman Islands Helicopter was also utilized and proved to be a valuable resource during the operation.

‘We know drugs and other contraband arrives in the Cayman Islands by boat. Marine Unit officers, along with other departments, are working hard to protect our borders and intercept these vessels,’ said RCIPS Superintendent Kurt Walton ‘This was a well executed multi-agency operation to target those involved in the importation of illegal drugs into the Cayman Islands.’

The Maine Unit and Drugs Task Force welcome information about the importation of drugs or reports of suspicious activity at sea or on the coast line. Officers can be contacted directly on 979-7710. People can also call Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS).