Ganja valued at $27m seized; three held

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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ROSE HALL, St James — Three people, including a Bahamian, were yesterday held in an operation by members of the Area One Transnational Crime and Narcotic Division in connection with the seizure of almost 2,700 pounds of compressed ganja, valued at approximately $27 million.

Police say the drugs were destined for the guns-for-drugs trade, but gave no details.

According to the constabulary, the three were aboard a white Toyota bus which was intercepted in the vicinity of the Barrett Hall beach in St James. The vehicle was searched and compressed ganja, weighing 2,695 lbs, was found in 72 knitted bags and a black travelling bag. The occupants of the vehicle were subsequently taken into custody, pending further investigation.

According to Sergeant Peter Salkey, Constabulary Communication Network liaison officer for St James, investigators have since been on the lookout for a vessel which was expected to transport the weed.

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