Police confirmed they confiscated more than 500 pounds of ganja from a boat that the police helicopter and marine unit intercepted off North Side on Tuesday night.
A man, age 59, from West Bay, who was arrested that night has been charged with conspiracy to import ganja and appeared in court Friday morning.
“Given public concern regarding illegal drugs and firearms coming into the country, the Joint Marine Unit and the Air Operations Unit have been working very closely to ensure that we maximize opportunities to protect our borders,” said Inspector Leo Anglin, commander of the RCIPS Joint Marine Unit. “Tuesday night’s arrest and confiscation of a significant quantity of ganja signals to drugs and firearms smugglers both here and in other jurisdictions that smuggling will not be tolerated here. Already this year we have seized 706 lbs. of ganja and also recovered one semi-automatic and 64 rounds of ammunition.”
A man was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of smuggling after the crew of the police helicopter spotted a suspicious vessel two miles north of Cayman, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reported.
According to a statement from police, around 9 p.m., during a routine patrol, the helicopter crew alerted officers on board the police marine boat Niven D after spotting the vessel off North Side.
“The vessel immediately accelerated toward shore and the Niven D and police helicopter gave chase,” a police spokeswoman said.
Those on board the boat beached it in North Side and ran off into the bush. Police said they found “contraband” on board the boat.
Following a search for the boat’s occupants in the area, police arrested a 59-year-old man from West Bay. Police said they were continuing to look for other people from the boat.
Anyone with information regarding this incident and the whereabouts of the others from the vessel is urged to call the George Town Police Station on 949-4222 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477(TIPS).