Fight against drugs intensifies

The Royal Barbados Police Force has intensified their drug eradication campaign across Barbados, with the latest find totalling 1,730 cannabis plants and 900 seedlings.

The cannabis and seeds, discovered yesterday under cultivation, were seized by the Police Marine Unit in bushy areas at several locations around the island.

Some 267 plants, measuring 4′ 6″ in height, were found at Airy Cot, St. George, while at Pot House, St. John, 1,304 plants of 4’7″ in height, and 900 seedlings were uprooted.

Police also discovered 150 plants, three feet tall at Bowmanstan, St. John and nine plants at Woodland, St. George.

“The Force continues to see an increase in this type of activity and we are ever more committed to continue the fight against illegal drugs, whether on land or at sea,” said Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector David Welch.

Meanwhile, a 34-year-old Trinidadian has been arrested and charged on four counts of drug-related offences. Dane Marvin Grainger was apprehended by the Drug Squad and charged with possession of one kilo of cocaine, possession with intent to supply, trafficking and importation.

Police said Grainger arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday, where a search of a haversack discovered cocaine.

The Trinidadian pleaded guilty to the charges. He was fined $35,000 to be paid by September 2, failing which he would have to spend two years in jail. He was remanded to Dodds Prison in St. Philip. (EJ)

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