3 Jamaicans nabbed during late night police operation in South Sound
The police say that they recovered a large quantity of ganja along with a handgun during a late Wednesday night operation in the South Sound area.
Residents in the area had previously reported heavy police presence, with some having reported seeing multiple police patrol cars along with the police helicopter.
Reports are that the Joint Marine Unit was on coastal patrol at around 11:00 pm when they intercepted a canoe in the South Sound area with three men on board.
With the assistance of the Air Operations Unit, a search of the vessel and nearby waters was conducted and several bags containing large amounts of ganja were recovered, along with a revolver handgun and five (5) live rounds of ammunition
All three men, ages 34, 40 and 45, of Jamaica, were arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm, illegal landing, being concerned in the importation of ganja, and several other related offenses.
According to the RCIPS,the men were all taken into police custody where they are to remain pending further investigations
This news come just hours after Premier Alden McLaughlin said that his administration was committed to the creation of a modern Cayman Islands Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard, according McLaughlin would have a multifaceted role, including search and rescue, patrolling the seas and would help keep illegal guns, people, and drugs from being smuggled on to the Islands.
"The Coast Guard will have the ability search vessels in our waters and make arrests if needed," the Premier said during a meeting of the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday.