Police destroy 1,000 marijuana plants in Freeport

An eradication exercise in the Freeport district has resulted in over one thousand fully grown marijuana trees, with an estimated street value of $50,000, being destroyed. 

Police say officers of the Freeport Police Station, acting on information received, conducted the exercise between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday 22nd April, 2017, in the vicinity of Roopsingh Road, Freeport.

No arrests were made in connection with the find.

What's this '420' thing on your timelines all about?

Whether or not you’re a marijuana enthusiast - and let us immediately remind you that it is a crime in Trinidad and Tobago to possess marijuana for the purpose of trafficking - you’re probably aware that today is an unofficial holiday for those who are.

April 20—4/20—is a day when pot smokers around the world come together to, well, smoke pot.

Others use the day to push for legalization, holding marches and rallies.

But why the code 420? There are a lot of theories as to why that particular number was chosen, but most of them are wrong.

International: Uruguay to sell weed in pharmacies from July

Uruguay will begin selling marijuana in pharmacies from July, the final stage in the country's pioneering regularisation of the drug.

The South American country will be the first in the world to legally sell the drug over the counter for recreational use.

The move was set in motion in 2013 with a law that fully legalised the marijuana trade.

However, it has been a slow process to put the law into practice.

"Cannabis will be dispensed in pharmacies starting in the month of July," presidential aide Juan Andres Roballo told a press conference.

Police destroy over $13 million in marijuana found in Moruga forest

Over $13 million in marijuana has been destroyed by police during an eradication exercise, a statement by the Police Service says.

Officers attached to the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (ONFCB) conducted the exercise between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30 pm on Tuesday 21st March, 2017 in the Grand Chemin, Moruga Forest, Moruga.

The officers, assisted by the Police Air Support Unit and the Southern Division Task Force, discovered two camps on a 1 ½ acres field, containing approximately 12,000 fully grown marijuana trees and 250 pounds of cured marijuana.

Prison officer held trying to smuggle weed into prison

A prison officer attached to the remand yard at Golden Grove is in police custody for allegedly attempting to smuggle a plant like substance resembling marijuana into the compound.

Reports indicate that around 6pm last evening the junior officer was subjected to a random search where the contraband was found on him.

The police were called in and the officer was taken to his vehicle where more of the contraband was found.

The prison service says this follows a ramping up of searches and body scans at the nation's prisons.

Special Branch officers stop man from entering PM's residence with weed

A 30-year-old power mower operator has pleaded guilty to charges of possession of marijuana and possession of an apparatus when he appeared before a Port-of-Spain Magistrate today.

Jonathan Sammy, was held by officers attached the Police Special Branch, as he was about to enter the premises of the Prime Minister's residence with the drug.

Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar postponed the matter to Tuesday 14th June, 2016, at which time the accused will be sentenced.

Coast Guard nets $1.5 million in marijuana

The Coast Guard has netted $1.5 million in drugs, in a bust that took place on Sunday.

The following is a statement from the Coast Guard.

"On Sunday 10th April 2016 whilst on routine patrol along the south coast TTS Speyside – CG 25 intercepted a pirogue with crocus bags and five (5) men onboard.