There has been a significant drop in the number of marijuana plants seized by law enforcement officials so far this year, when compared to the corresponding period last year, continuing a trend that began in 2016.
Public Relations Officer of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) Acting Inspector Roland Cobbler said during a press briefing at Police Headquarters on Roebuck Street, The City this morning that between January and November this year police confiscated 14,309 cannabis plants, mostly in the rugged terrain” of St John.
“So far for the year, most of our drug seizures have come from the St John area. And that’s a consistent community; because of its rugged terrain, because of its dense shrubbery area, we have found a lot of drug seizures in this St John area,” Cobbler said.
This 14,309 plants represented a near 48 per cent drop from the 27,409 seized during the same period in 2016, which itself had recorded a precipitous 74 per cent fall in seizures compared to 2015, when lawmen had confiscated 42,766 ganga plants.
Cobbler vowed that the RBPF would continue its fight against illegal drugs because “we understand the devastating impact it can have, not only on families, but also individuals and our society as a whole”.