Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Couple nabbed with whelks and ganja at Kaibo Beach in North Side

A man and woman were taken into police custody on Thursday after they were found in possession of ganja along with a bag containing a quantity of whelks.

According to reports from the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS), shortly after 10:00 am officers responded to a request from marine officers at the Kaibo Public Beach in North Side.

The DOE officers had been in the process of searching a vehicle belonging to persons who were suspected to have been taking marine life from a Marine Park.

A quantity of suspected ganja in various containers was recovered during the search and police officers were called to assist.

The suspects, a man age 35 of Bodden Town, and a woman age 37 of Bodden Town, were arrested on suspicion of possession and consumption of ganja.

A bag containing a quantity of whelks was recovered in the vehicle, and the suspects were also arrested on suspicion of taking whelks outside of season.

They were transported to the Cayman Islands Detention Centre and later bailed.

The DOE used the occasion to remind the public that during this time, no one is to take whelks in the Cayman Islands, or purchase, receive, or possess whelks taken in the Cayman Islands.

Closed season lasts from  May 1 through  October 31 and re-opens on  November 1.

During the open season the catch limit is two-and-a-half gallons in the shell or two-and-a-half pounds of processed whelks per person per day.

 No one may purchase or receive more than two-and-a- half gallons in the shell or two-and-a-half pounds processed whelks from Cayman in any one day.

In addition, chitons, periwinkles and bleeding teeth may not be taken at any time.

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