Over 51 kilogrammes of suspected marijuana have been seized in an operation conducted by the Cast Guard.
The Defence Force says that around 4.30 pm on Saturday, a Coast Guard Interceptor whilst on routine patrol, intercepted a pirogue in the Gulf of Paria with three occupants on board.
The vessel and occupants were escorted to the Coast Guard Base at Cedros Bay, where further searches were conducted.
Two crocus bags were discovered containing 49 packets of a plant-like substance which weighed approximately 51.8 kgs.
“Until it is acceptable to smoke marijuana, it is still unacceptable and illegal.”
So remarked Senior Magistrate Alicia Chankar as Makaan Grant, the Rastafarian, who was arrested at the cannabis rally at Skinner Park on Sunday, appeared in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.
The Maracas/St Joseph resident was ordered to performed 80 hours of community service after he pleaded guilty to possession of .6 of a gramme of the illicit herb.
“Why don’t you give Rastas a break?”
This was the question wire bending specialist Claude “Swami” Jeffers posed to Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi during the first national consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana.
Jeffers said for years Rastafarians have been tormented for using the “holy herb”.
Two days before the first public consultation on the decriminalisation of marijuana, a Bobo Shanti and an ex-convict were both jailed on a marijuana possession charge yesterday.
Rastafarian Wesley Woods, 43, and Ancil Alleyne, 42, both pleaded guilty in the San Fernando Magistrates’ Court.
They were arrested in separate incidents last Thursday.
In Woods’ matter, court prosecutor Cleyon Seedan said around 2.45 pm the police went to a mini mart at Southern Main Road, Plaisance Park where they met the accused.
Fully grown marijuana trees worth approximately $1.2 million dollars were destroyed by officers of the Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit, during a marijuana eradication exercise conducted in the Mayaro district yesterday.
Officers conducted the exercise on Thursday 10th January, 2019, during which they proceeded to Gregorio Trace, Cedar Grove, Mayaro, where they discovered a marijuana field with approximately 1,200 fully grown marijuana trees and approximately 500 seedlings.
The trees and seedlings were subsequently destroyed.
Investigations are ongoing.
One revolver and quantities of ammunition and marijuana were discovered by officers of the Central Division Task Force, during an anti-crime exercise conducted in the Chaguanas district last night.
The exercise, supervised by Snr. Supt. Samuel Seepersad and ASP Richard Smith, was conducted on Tuesday, during which officers based on intelligence gathered proceeded to Vendors’ Mall, Chaguanas Main Road, Chaguanas.
Police have destroyed marijuana trees and cured marijuana with an estimated street value of $2.1 million.
The weed was destroyed in an exercise by officers of the Southern Division Task Force and Organised Crime and Intelligence Unit conducted in the Moruga district yesterday.
Officers went to a forested area at Marac Village, Moruga where they discovered five marijuana fields with 1,900 fully grown marijuana trees and a camp with 50 pounds of cured marijuana.
The drug has a total street value of $2,126,000.
Investigations are ongoing.
Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis.
The first blunt to be legally bought was purchased at midnight on Wednesday
Politicians from multiple countries congratulated Canada saying, “Canada shows the way and others should follow suit”.
Canada’s government announced that it would introduce legislation to make it easier for Canadians who had been convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana to obtain a pardon.
Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.