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Detectives of the Penal Criminal Investigations Department (CID) rescued a number of prohibited animals and seized a quantity of narcotics during an intelligence-led exercise yesterday.

Acting on information that prohibited animals were being caged in a forested area, Sgt Haynes of the Penal CID led an operation into Grants Trace, Quarry Road, Morne Diablo, where the officers found two wooden cages, one containing three adult toucan birds, three baby toucan birds and two capuchin monkeys.

After surveying the area, the officers also found a black plastic bag which contained 38 grammes of marijuana.

The rescued animals were handed over to the Game Wardens Department and the narcotics destroyed.

The operation also included Sgt (Ag) Breddy, Cpl George and officers from the Penal CID, South-Western Division Task Force and Canine Unit.

Sgt Haynes is continuing investigations.