125kg of cocaine washes up in East End

| 29/09/2015 | 23 Comments
Cayman News Service

Blocks in one bale containing white substance resembling cocaine, East End – 28 September 2015

(CNS): Five large bales of what is suspected to be cocaine has been destroyed by the police after it was found on the beach and off the coast of East End yesterday morning. The drugs, which could have had a street value of more than $12.5 million, were recovered following a report from a member of the public who found the first bale of cocaine on the beach near the dock of Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop on Austin Connolly Drive, East End. 

An RCIPS spokesperson said the police helicopter was dispatched to the area as well as uniform officers, who conducted a search along the shore on board a boat from Ocean Frontiers.

Cayman News Service

Recovered bale containing white substance resembling cocaine, East End – 28 September 2015

The police chopper spotted more floating bales during the search, which were collected by the boat. In total the police found five bales of cocaine, both onshore and in the water, as far as three miles offshore. The five bales had a combined weight of 125 kilograms as each of the bales, described as large rice bags, contained 25 one-kilogram blocks in each bag.

Follow-up searches were conducted by the Joint Marine Unit and Air Operations Unit on Tuesday but no other bales were found.

Police said all of the packages were destroyed Tuesday morning and extended their thanks to Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop for their assistance.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Were drones deployed by the Security Centre to assist the RCIP and drugs found only to be stored at the evidence container to possibly be stolen under the watch of the guard supplied by the Security Centre? This is almost a great piece of comedy theater. We may later find out that we the country spent over a million dollars in paying the RCIP and “subcontracters” to recover this.

    • Anonymous says:

      This is unreal. What if further developements transpired and the drugs were needed as evidence. Could it not have been stored in a Secure location. I am not refering to the container being guarded by the Security Centre at the George Town Police Station along with CCTV. This has proven to be insecure. If the Police would handle cases in regards to evidence collection and storage in house and not subcontract certain parts out, investigations handled professionally we may see a better outcome with our overall crime problem.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ooh goody, fresh stuff on the streets for sure now. The Canadians gonna be having a blast this weekend.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sell it back to Cuba or Mexico, and put the funds to good use in Cayman. Might be considered a tad breach of the local AML/POCA law but the Turtle Farm could do with a cash injection!!!

  4. lo-cal says:

    Destroyed the next day! Wink Wink.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wonder how much of the money being sent to JAM by cash services goes to pay for these shipments? Cant imagine they write a check with a little notation “definitely not for drugs”

    • Knot S Smart says:

      Well they do have to ‘pay the piper’ thereby contributing to the US Dollar crisis in Cayman…

  6. Anonymous says:

    Mr Police Commissioner, please don’t store this stuff in the unguarded shed at the back of the compound behind Police Headquarters!.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Meanwhile, police rescue two Bodden Town men from capsized panga with at least one leaking 55 gal reserve tank.

    • Anonymous says:

      But the press reports did not identify the nationality of these two men, unlike the Philippinos who also capsized their boat.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Years ago destruction of confiscated or discovered drugs was witnessed by a number of JPs or other civic and quasi-legal officers. While there was nothing to verify that total seized quantities were destroyed at least there was that level of assurance of destruction. How are seized drugs destroyed nowadays and what witnesses are present to observe?

    I recall years ago witnessing the trial of a cocaine smuggler who readily pleaded guilty but explained to the judge that the evidence before the Court was not “all of it”. He demanded to know where the remainder of the bundle was. Of course he received no answer.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Could this mean we will get some logical discussion on the dock fiasco in the Legislative Assembly today?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thank baby Jesus it didn’t end up on the streets. What a mess that would have been.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Good call, but should they name the people who found it? Methinks not smart.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Why can’t I never stumble across a gift like this. I’d prefer finding the weed though, smoke for life with a find like that.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Good thing it was destroyed and not trusted into the evidence container under guard

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