Drug boat captain arrested

The captain of a boat suspected of importing ganja was arrested during a police pursuit on land and sea late Friday.

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported around 10:30 p.m. that its helicopter patrol spotted two boats tied together outside the Frank Sound area. After they were sighted, police said the two vessels took off in opposite directions with the first vessel, a fast canoe, going southeast and the second vessel heading toward the Frank Sound dock.

The police helicopter followed the fast canoe until it reached international waters, after which the helicopter turned around to track the second boat.

Police officers from the Bodden Town station searching the shoreline in the area recovered what police described as a “significant quantity of drugs” in the bushes near the shoreline. They arrested the second boat’s captain after he arrived on shore.

The 39-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of importing ganja and has been released on police bail.