Customs find ganja on Jamaican fishing boat

| 10/03/2016 | 28 Comments
Cayman News Service

Vessel towed into GT Harbour, 8 March 2016

(CNS): An undisclosed quantity of drugs was found aboard a Jamaican fishing boat that was towed into the George Town Harbour on Tuesday, after the 90-foot vessel ran into engine trouble. Customs officers working with immigration said they seized “a moderate amount of vegetable matter resembling ganja” when the boat, Shiloh, was brought in during an inspection. Two of the 32 crew members, who have all  been temporarily admitted to Cayman, are under investigation in relation to the seizure.

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Cayman Islands Customs sniffer dog

“The seizure occurred after an initial inspection of the vessel using the Customs K-9 Unit drug sniffer dogs,” said Assistant Collector of Customs Jeff Jackson. “The captain was informed of the alerts and what the dogs were trained to detect. A subsequent physical search of the vessel by Customs Border Protection officers found a plastic bag filled with a leafy substance inside music speakers. The substance later tested positive for ganja”

Customs officials have also confirmed that the department is also investigating whether or not the boat was fishing in local waters when it encountered the mechanical problems and was towed in.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Unbelievable! not one comment on the real issue here, a fishing boat that size with 32 persons on board, called crew, Did the Immigration realise that there could be human trafficking involved.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Glad customs found the drugs, however, it is likely that RCIP will lose them again….

  3. Anonymous says:

    While I’m glad to hear they actually made a bust even if it turned out t be a small one. The customs department needs to do more about protecting our boarders, keeping the illegal drugs out but also once the drugs have made it here they need to do more about locking up those who are in possession. Most officers are aware of those who sell & use! Let’s not kid ourselves. Chuckie, we haven’t heard from you since you became collector. What changes have you brought to the table???? Zzzzzzzz!

  4. Capt. Obvious says:

    In other breaking news, a fish farted, underwater.

  5. Anonymous says:

    The Ja govt just legalized ganja, I wonder if CI customs is aware of that? .

  6. MM says:

    But ganja is legal in JA now… Should we not expect fishermen to be carrying some on their journey? Did they seize any Bob Marley music?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I think its worth noting that this is a drug dog K9 I believe was obtained from the USA Police Department who has been doing good things for the Dept. Way to go Customs.

    • Anonymous says:

      Hes not the only dog that Customs has that has been finding drug, I think that’s worth noting!

  8. Anonymous says:

    A newsworthy headline would be “Customs find no ganja on Jamaican fishing boat”.

    • Anonymous says:

      For real… These guys aren’t trafficking and had no intentions of coming here. Leave them be with their personal supply. Do not let this be a drain on government funds prosecuting them!

  9. Anonymous says:

    No surprise on the drugs. Much more interested in the ‘fishing in local waters’ part. That will be very interesting to follow please CNS. To see what is found and what, if any , regulations it would be breaking. Which leads to discussion of what, if any, regulations (and enforcement) are needed.

  10. Anonymous says:

    yeay for cayman’s war on ‘drugs’……………..zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  11. Anonymous says:

    And this is news? Must be a slow week!

  12. SSM345 says:

    Maybe they can seize the boat and use it for the rescue operation?

  13. Perry says:

    just another day in the much improved civil service, great work customs officers.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Half of them will be married before they leave

  15. Anonymous says:

    Wow what a big deal…

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