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Drugs Burn

Illegal drugs go up in smoke

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) has today (Thursday, October 9) carried out the second drug burn of 2008. 5362.5 pounds of ganja, just over a pound of cocaine and six drug utensils were destroyed during the burning at Grand Caymanís landfill site.

The substances have been seized during police operations at locations across the entire Cayman Islands and represent a large amount of hard work by officers.

The burning of drugs is required when the illegal substances are no longer needed as evidence by the courts and as cases can take some years to complete some drugs may have been stored safely for a long period of time.

Security is of the utmost importance during the burn and a variety of officers from the Marine Unit, Drugs Task Force, Uniformed Support Group and the Exhibits Office were present. An independent Justice of the Peace was also in attendance, checking the drugs as they left their storage location and re-checking them when they reached the burn site. In the burning process all material will be destroyed including the packaging or casing in which the substances were held.

It is hoped the burning will send two messages to the community. Firstly, itís hoped the public will be reassured that illegal substances which are seized by the police are destroyed in a controlled manner when they are no longer needed and secondly, itís hoped that criminals involved in drugs will receive the message that their operations and illegal goods will literally, go up in smoke.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.