$1 million worth of ganja seized

Police found more than 40 packages containing ganja on board this boat. - Photo: RCIPS

Police arrested a 32‑year-old man from Cayman Brac after Joint Marine Unit officers stopped a boat containing more than 1,200 pounds of ganja, with an estimated street value of more than $1 million.

According to the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service, the Joint Marine Unit consisting of officers from the RCIPS and Customs and Border Patrol, and the Air Operations Unit were on border patrol duties when officers in the helicopter spotted the boat about 11 miles off East End.

Police said the boat had one occupant on board and what appeared to be a number of packages.

“This raised the suspicions of the officers who then informed the Marine Vessel M. Luke. MV M. Luke made their way to the location using lights and siren and the vessel attempted to evade them, but was intercepted with the assistance of the AOU,” the RCIPS said in a statement.

A search of the vessel revealed more than 40 packages containing what the officers believed to be ganja.

The vessel and its contents were seized and an investigation is under way.

The man was charged and was expected to appear in court Thursday on charges of importation of ganja and possession of ganja.