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Attack on Ganja


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Monday, April 4 2011

MINDFUL of the major offshoot of criminal activities that the illegal drug trade brings with it, police have been waging a relentless war against the cultivation and sale of marijuana, so much so, that within the past two weeks 25 marijuana plantations worth a staggering $163,250,000 have been destroyed.

The exercise, which is a collaboration between officers of the Eastern Division Task Force led by Sgt Vincent Awong Cole and officers from the elite Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Interdiction Bureau (OCNFB) have focused mainly on plantations deep within the forests of east Trinidad and the north and north east coast.

The latest eradication exercise took place on Saturday and Newsday accompanied officers including Cpl Nicholas Vialva, Constables Darren Francis, Rishi Manna, Satnarine Sankar, Kevin Wallace, Reshan Barran and WPC Allyson Charlerie into the forests of Grande Riviere via National Security helicopter Viper I piloted by Capt Atwell.

Saturday's exercise began under the cover of darkness at 4 am and lasted for ten hours. During that time, officers set about chopping down about 80,000 mature marijuana trees with the illegal but highly prized herb being placed into huge piles, doused with kerosene and set on fire. As more and more trees were cut, the bitter scent of raw marijuana pervaded the air.

Police officers said marijuana cultivators chop down sections of indigenous trees and clear the forest floor to plant their marijuana, with the remaining forest trees acting as barriers to hide the plantations. Finding these plantations deep inside the forests is no easy task, police said, and they depend on informants for information as well as aerial reconnaissance to pinpoint areas cleared for marijuana fields.

Police sources said that within the past two weeks, using helicopters Viper I and Viper II, they have located and destroyed 25 marijuana plantations comprising approximately 326,000 fully grown marijuana trees with an estimated local street value of $163,250,000.

"It is a wearying exercise but one that is very rewarding in that we have seen a clear reduction in crimes in Eastern Division associated with the illegal drug trade. We are seeing a reduction in murders, drug trafficking and other offshoot criminal activities," stated Sgt Awong Cole.

The officers have destroyed marijuana plantations in the forests of Matelot, Blanchisseuse, Rampanalagas, Monte Video, Matura, Grande Riviere, Toco and other areas along the north and north east coast. In addition to destroying the actual marijuana trees, the officers have also burnt live-in camps, fertiliser, pesticides and gardening implements used by the cultivators.

"Planting and selling marijuana is big business and based on its size, one field could easily yield a crop worth hundreds of thousands of dollars," a police officer told Newsday as he worked ceaselessly chopping down the trees in the Grande Riviere forests on Saturday.

The officer, who asked not to be identified, warned that there is greater need for improved surveillance at all ports of entry since with a shortage of homegrown marijuana due to the police's war on the cultivation of the illegal herb, traders will be desperate to import marijuana to maintain a supply for the ever increasing demand.

His warning is not without merit, as on Friday March 11, high-grade marijuana with a local street value of $30 million, was seized from a container at the Pt Lisas Port. The container arrived days earlier from a port in Kingston, Jamaica.

The officer said the marijuana eradication exercises would be for nought if security and surveillance at all ports of entry is so lax as to allow the easy and undetected importation of marijuana.

Awong Cole praised his officers and offices from the OCNFB for their work and said that the assault on the cultivation of marijuana will continue. "The police remain committed to dealing with all forms of lawbreaking including the cultivation and distribution of marijuana," Sgt Awong Cole said.


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Re: Attack on 'Ganja'

Hey guys sorry about posting in the wrong section but i can`t post in the international news section.


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Re: Attack on 'Ganja'

the area where they slashed and burnt those plants is really mountainous too. Alot of people live around the base of the hill and the hillside as well. That cant be good for the soil left there and with the usual rainfall we get it could be really bad for the people.

sorry im really high that reply took ages to write
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