15-Y-O among five arrested as cannabis farm destroyed
Five men including a 15-year-old were arrested at Ekura Creek, Canje River, Berbice where several acres of cannabis plants were destroyed.
During the Joint Service Operation, five shotguns, a pistol and three live rounds were found along with twelve kilograms of dried cannabis and a five-acre plot of cannabis cultivation.
Police said the almost sixteen hours operation commenced at 03:00hrs on Tuesday and involved a total of fourteen ranks inclusive of two Senior Officers , one from the GPF and the other from the GDF.
The team first went to a location at Ekura where two camps with several occupants were seen but on noticing the ranks, the suspects fled into the thick vegetation leaving behind three single barrel shotguns.
Several miles further up the creek at Wakie, Ekura, the ranks descended on two more camps with six males, one being a fifteen-year-old. While five of the men were arrested, one managed to escape.
A search of their camps revealed a 9mm pistol with three live rounds, two single barrel shotguns. The cannabis cultivation with plants ranging from one inch to three inches in height and processed cannabis were found several meters from the camps.
The cultivation and camps were destroyed by fire and the guns and ammunition lodged.
Investigation in progress.