Attack on ‘ganja’
By CECILY ASSON and ALEXANDER BRUZUAL Monday, March 11 2013
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ON GUARD: A policeman, armed with a sub-machine gun guards the crocus bags of marijuana, valued at $4.7 million at the Sangre Grande Police Station fo...
THE POLICE’S fight against the illegal marijuana trade continues without let up. On Saturday, South-Western Division officers uprooted and burnt 5,000 fully grown marijuana trees which they found growing behind a house at Lorensotte North Trace, Palo Seco during a marijuana eradication exercise. A total of 300 seedlings (juvenile marijuana plants) were also destroyed.
According to a police report at about 10.30 am on Saturday, acting on a tip-off, a team of officers led by Insp Seedarie and including Sgts Ablacksingh and Gokool and PCs Jamaluddin, McGuire and Khadroo went to Lorensotte North Trace where they discovered a marijuana nursery and a quantity of fully grown trees.
The marijuana trees and seedlings, police said, were uprooted, placed in a heap, doused with gasoline and set on fire. No one was held, but police said they believe, based on information they received, an arrest is imminent.
Also on Saturday, a 29-year-old man is in police custody after he was held with a large quantity of marijuana and a Smith and Wesson revolver. Police reported at about 2 pm, a party of officers from the North Eastern Division Task Force including Cpl Sunil Bharath, Cpl Quashie, PC Thompson, PC Gangaram, PC Forde and PC Edwards, as well as officers from the Morvant Police Station, made their way to a house in Crown Trace, Enterprise.
At the home, the officers executed a search warrant and upon searching the premises, found a large quantity of marijuana wrapped in foil and plastic packages, ready for sale. During their search, the officers also discovered a wireless walkie talkie and a Smith and Wesson .38 revolver with five rounds of ammunition. The only person who was at home at the time was arrested, and taken into custody. He is expected to appear before a Chaguanas magistrate today.
These two exercises came on the heels of last Friday’s major marijuana haul in East Trinidad, where officers from the Eastern Division Task Force seized $4.7 million in marijuana which also led to the arrest of two men and seizure of a US Military-issued bullet-proof jacket. The raid took place in the Cunaripo forest.
Police reported at about 11.30 am last Friday, information was received by police, and officers from the Eastern Division Task Force journeyed two miles into the forests off Sankar Trace when the two men were found filling compressed marijuana into crocus bags.
Facing policemen, K9 dogs and guns pointed at them, the two marijuana cultivators, aged 21 and 24 and both from Cunaripo, surrendered without a fight.
Twenty-four crocus bags, with over 1,000 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated local street value of $4.7 million were seized along with the US Military-issued bullet-proof vest.
The men were taken to the Sangre Grande Police Station where they were interrogated. They are to be charged with possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and are expected to appear before a Sangre Grande magistrate today.
The exercise was led by Snr Supt Dianand Naipaul and included ASP Odette Lewis, ASP John Trim, Insp Kennedy Deosaran, Sgt Dyal Ramlakhan, Sgt Darren Baptiste, Cpl Nicholas Vialva and Constables Singh, Watson, Mootoo, Nanhoo, Manna, Ottley, Pope, Nanan, Solozano, Glasglow, D’Abreau, Hosein, Baptiste, Williams, Blake, Emmanuel, Torreys and WPC Charles.