Police have seized 600 pounds of ganja along with a 32-foot boat and placed seven men in custody.
Five of those arrested were on board the vessel and two were on land. All were arrested on suspicion of importation of a controlled drug and possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply. Four of the men, who have given 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 12.30am Tuesday by Marine Unit Officers aboard Tornado and Cayman Defender.
‘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 Superintendent Kurt Walton, head of the Marine Unit and DTF.
‘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). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.
The overnight operation involved officers from the joint Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, Customs and Immigration Marine Unit, Drugs Task Force and Uniform Support Group.