Police destroy $147M worth of marijuana

GINA, GUYANA, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A quantity of marijuana, worth $147M was today destroyed by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), Narcotics Branch. The exercise took place at the incinerator on Princes Street, Georgetown under heavy police guard.

Superintendent, Wayne Dehart in charge of the Police Narcotics Branch told media operatives that the illegal substance weighed 294.231Kg, and was as acquired from a number of cases over a two-year period.

“It’s (from) cases coming from operations that would have been conducted by the Narcotics Branch and also cases coming from the division at large,” the Superintendent explained.

Only recently, the GPF conducted a 10-hour operation destroying several acres of cannabis in Berbice. During the operation, over 8000 plants, ranging from 2 to 6 feet tall, and weighing an estimated total of 17,000 kilogrammes were destroyed. Another 9000 kilogrammes of cannabis already packed away, was also destroyed during the operation.

Also, in October 2016, the GPF, during a drug eradication exercise at Araray Village, Upper Essequibo, destroyed in excess of nine acres of cannabis.

An exercise of similar nature is expected to be conducted on Friday, November 25, 2016 by the Police Narcotics Branch.


By: Isaiah Braithwaite


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