Massive ganja seizure in Westmoreland

July 31, 2019

Members of the Narcotics Division seized approximately 1300 pounds of compressed ganja during an anti-narcotics operation along the Water Wheel main road, Cave district, Westmoreland on Tuesday.

Reports are that about 1:40 p.m., the driver of a truck which was suspected to have been carrying the illicit drug was signalled by lawmen to stop.

The driver disobeyed, sped off and was pursued by the police. A road block was established by lawmen, but occupants of the truck opened gunfire at the police; the fire was returned.

The driver began using the truck as a weapon and made several attempts to mow down the lawmen. The truck subsequently crashed into a Toyota Voxy motor car occupied by policemen. 

The driver continued his attempts to escape when the truck crashed into an Isuzu motor truck, injuring its occupants.

The truck eventually crashed into a Toyota Camry motor car and then into a perimeter fence.

Subsequently, the driver and three occupants of the truck attempted to escape and were pursued and caught.

Their identities are being withheld pending further investigations.

A search of the truck resulted  in the seizure of 170 parcels containing marijuana.