Joint Services unearth 35-acre ganja field along Berbice River

…400,000kg ganja plants destroyed

An operation between the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) along the Berbice River on Sunday unearthed a 35-acre ganja field with more than 800,000 plants.
The eradication exercise was conducted in Dodly Hill, Wiruni Creek and Kimbia along the Berbice River.
Police stated that during the operation, 10 farms were discovered, with cannabis sativa plants ranging from five inches to four feet in height.
The field consisted of several cultivated beds ranging from 60 to 100 feet. The Police confirmed that each bed had approximately 20 to 30 plants.
When checked, a total of about 800,000 plants weighing 400,000kg were destroyed by fire.
In addition, during the operation, several houses in the area were searched resulting in the discovery of $306,340 in local currency, US$1950, one black and grey LG cellular phone, one General generator, one Fotza generator, one Loncin generator, one Husky generator, one Daewood water pump, one 85-Horsepower (HP) Yamaha outboard engine, one 55-HP Mercury outboard engine, one Stihl grass cutter, and 25 kilograms of dried marijuana were discovered.
Earlier in the year, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) destroyed more than $100 million in ganja at De Veldt Savannah, Upper Berbice River, during an eradication exercise.
During the exercise, Police discovered three cannabis farms measuring about 15 acres and contained roughly 600,000 ganja plants ranging from six inches to five feet in height. In addition, six makeshift camps were found.
The camps were reportedly occupied by three men who ran into the bushes and escaped upon seeing Police.
Further, a search was conducted in the area during which one 12-gauge single-barrel shotgun along with two live 12-gauge cartridges and one empty shell were found.
In addition, a quantity of cannabis was found wrapped in transparent plastic bags. When the illicit substance was weighed, it amounted to 40 pounds. In the operation also, no arrest was made.