THE POLICE are reporting the seizure of more than 156 pounds of ganja and the arrest of seven persons following routine checks at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) Monday.
The drug was seized by personnel from the Canine and Transnational Crimes and Narcotics Division (TCND).
It is reported that about 10 o'clock yesterday morning, members of the TCND accosted and searched a man who was boarding a flight to Barbados.
His luggage was checked and a false compartment was allegedly discovered with ganja weighing approximately 5.9 pounds.
The man and the female who accompanied him to the airport were taken into custody.
The police say an hour later, the team from the TCND conducted a stop-and-search operation in the vicinity of the NMIA roundabout.
The driver of a white Isuzu Elf Motor Truck was signalled to stop and five boxes of yams containing ganja weighing approximately 129 pounds were found.
The police say three men were taken into custody and the motor truck seized.
Later that afternoon, during routine security checks in the baggage area at the airport, officers attached to the Canine Division searched the luggage of a male who had checked in to board a flight.
Ganja amounting to 18.6 pounds was reportedly found and the male was taken into custody.
Within hours of the third seizure, the policemen from the TCND searched the luggage of a another male, who was checking in on a flight to Curaçao, and found ganja weighing about 2.8 pounds in a tin of cheese.
The police have withheld the identities of the individuals arrested until they are charged.