Marijuana cultivation is on the rise here, partly because law enforcement officials are having some success intercepting illegal drugs that have been imported into the country, according to the Royal Barbados Police Force.
Lawmen Thursday destroyed 30,365 locally grown ganja plants, 650 pounds of cannabis and 52 pounds of cocaine at the incendiary at Grantley Adams International Airport.
Police could not give the estimated street value of the drugs. However, Public Relations Officer Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler interpreted the number of locally cultivated plants seized as a sign that border security measures were working.
“As you would have realized there are over 30,000 plants which were actually grown in Barbados. So there is an increase in the cultivation of cannabis in Barbados,” Cobbler said while suggesting that a cut in the overseas supply chain would result in alternative means being sought by narco traffickers.
“We are trying to ensure that we have strong border protection and persons would try any means to advance their own illegal gains as long as they can do it without being caught. This is why it is important that the members of the public see the importance of supporting us so that we can keep the country safe,” he added.
The police spokesman pleaded with the public to “pass on the information so that we can have an idea where these drugs are and the locations they are trying to come into the country” in order to help keep narcotics off the streets.
Cobbler also made reference to studies by the Criminal Justice Research and Planning Unit which revealed that children as young as seven were using drugs.
“Therefore I want to make an appeal to the public to continue to support us and provide the necessary information and intelligence to aid in our success,” he stressed.