Major ganja, fuel seizure in Portland
Gareth Davis, Gleaner Writer
The Portland police have made a major dent in the illegal drug trade following two days of operations, which resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,600lbs of ganja along with a substantial amount of cash.
On Tuesday evening, the police seized 500lbs of compressed ganja and 36 12-gallon containers loaded with fuel.
Tuesday night's operation also resulted in the seizure of J$200,000, a boat engine, and a motor car from a house in the parish.
One man was also taken into custody, whom the police say can assist them with their investigation.
On Sunday, the police stopped and searched two motor cars along Fore Shore road in Port Antonio and recovered a combined total of 176lbs of compressed ganja.
Commanding officer for the parish Superintendent Wayne Cameron, says in addition to monitoring activities on Portland's coast line, the police will also have to pay close attention to what goes on on the high seas.
"This is definitely a large scale drug operation,"commented Cameron.
He says a total of 1,600lbs of ganja with an estimated street value of J$12,000,000 was seized over the two days.
The police belied the weed was packaged for export.
"We believe that the parceled drug was prepared and was to be sent overseas from an undisclosed location in the parish. We are not done with this investigation and this recent find points to ongoing major drug activity that goes on undetected. We are determined to disrupt any such activity throughout the parish" he said.
Cameron added "We will not relent in our operation and those who continue to invest in illegal drugs will be persecuted by the long arm of the law.
We are well aware that smugglers are using unconventional means to disguise and traffic drugs, but the men and women under my command are vigilant, and we will be stepping up the fight against illegal drugs."
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