Police seize 400 pounds of ganja

Police supplied this photograph of one of the eight bags containing ganja packages.

Police seized more than 400 pounds of ganja, with a street value of $400,000, after stopping a vessel at sea on Saturday morning.

According to a Royal Cayman Islands Police Service statement, the Joint Marine Unit on the Motor Vessel M. Luke and the Air Operations Unit were conducting maritime border patrols on the northeast coast of Grand Cayman when they came across a boat with two men on board.

“The captain of the vessel caught sight of the MV M. Luke and proceeded to speed off in the opposite direction. This aroused the suspicion of the officers who then followed the vessel with emergency lights and sirens. The vessel was stopped shortly after and searched by the officers present,” police said.

When the police officers searched the boat, they found eight large bags filled with packages containing ganja.

A 34‑year-old man from West Bay and a 33‑year-old man from George Town were arrested on suspicion of importation of ganja and other related offences.

Both men remained in police custody over the weekend, pending further investigations, police said.