A police operation mounted by elements of the Anti-Drug and Smuggling Unit (Adsu) of the Western Division, with logistical support from a police helicopter, resulted in the uprooting of eight hundred and twenty-four cannabis plants that had been carefully planted in a lush location at the Black River Gorges on Wednesday October 18. The market value of these plants, which measure between fifty-nine centimetres and one metre fifty-one, is Rs 3,300,000.
The cannabis plants were spotted by sergeant Ramkelawon’s men on the basis of certain information and after the helicopter had flown over the indicated area. On the morning of Wednesday, October 18, a search was carried out to uproot the plants. Surveillance was set up on the site before the plants were uprooted, but no one came to the plantation.
The uprooted plants were seized as evidence and transported to Adsu headquarters. The men of the Field Intelligence Unit are continuing to work in the field to identify the alleged grower of these plants.