Police destroy 600,000 ganja plants worth $100M


Ranks from the Guyana Police Force’s Narcotics Branch on Saturday destroyed some $101 million worth in suspected marijuana when they stumbled upon a large ganja farm at De Veldt Savannah, Upper Berbice River.

A press release from the police noted that the ranks, under the command of two officers of the Narcotics Branch, went to the area to conduct a narcotics eradication exercise from 05:00h and 18:30h.

During the exercise, the ranks discovered three suspected cannabis farms, which measured about 15 acres and contained roughly 600,000 ganja plants, ranging from six inches to five feet in height along with six make-shift camps.

The camps were reportedly occupied by three men, who ran into some nearby bushes and escaped upon seeing the police.

The area was searched and one 12-gauge single barrel shotgun along with two live 12-gauge cartridges and one 12-gauge empty shell were found.

In addition, a quantity of seeds, leaves, and stems, suspected to be cannabis, were also found wrapped in transparent plastic bags, which weighed 40 pounds.

The camps and ganja plants were destroyed by fire.

No arrests were made.

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