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$68 million ganja bust in St Mary

Published:Saturday | August 5, 2017 | 2:23 PM

Jamaican law enforcement personnel seized just over 1,700 pounds of ganja, with an estimated street value of $68 million, during a 10-hour operation in St Mary.

The operation, which was conducted by detectives from the Police Narcotics Division and members of the Jamaica Defence Force, began on Wednesday evening and ended just before dawn yesterday.

A 40 HP Yamaha boat engine was also seize, law enforcement sources revealed.

Investigators say there are indications the ganja was destined for Haiti as part of the guns-for-drug trade.

According to one source, the joint operation was conducted on a beach along the sea coast in the community of Islington, St Mary.

Four huts were searched and found to contain 44 knitted bags with vegetable matter resembling ganja, according to one source.

Sources say a suitcase containing a total of 226 packages with compressed vegetable matter resembling ganja were also discovered during the search.