2 farmers arrested after Police find $183M in dried cannabis at Fort Nassau

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Police in Berbice carried out a successful drug eradication exercise between 04:00hrs and 15:00hrs on Friday in Fort Nassau Savannah, Upper Berbice River which led to 13 pounds of dried cannabis along with several cannabis plants being destroyed.

The exercise was conducted by an inspector, two corporals and five constables. During the exercise a search was conducted on a two-storey wooden building owned by Rasleigh Potter called ‘Blackie’, a 38-year-old farmer of Fort Nassau Savannah, Upper Berbice River.

In the presence of Potter and Atley Hinds, a 19-year-old farmer of Gateroy Village, Berbice River, a search was conducted under a shed which is attached to said building and three live 20-gauge cartridges were found along with seven 20-guage spent shells.

They were told of the offences committed, cautioned and arrested.

In their presence, a further search was conducted in the building, where three bulky parcels were found, all containing a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis. Potter took ownership of one of the parcels, while Hinds took ownership of the other two.

About 30 metres away from the building, several cannabis plants were seen measuring between six inches and three feet in height. The 38-year-old farmer claimed ownership of the suspected cannabis plants, stating that he cultivated the plants for smoking purposes.

All the plants were uprooted and destroyed (except for specimens kept to be taken for court). The ranks then went to a nearby make-shift camp where they found about 450 pounds of dried cannabis valued at $183,704,940.

The ranks also found another make-shift camp on a plot of land with about 137 suspected cannabis plants measuring about six inches to three feet in height along with a chainsaw, a water pump and a quantity of cannabis seeds.

The suspected cannabis plants were uprooted and destroyed, whilst the makeshift camps, the dried cannabis along with the chainsaw and other items were destroyed by fire.  The suspected cannabis seized and destroyed amounted to 6,066 grammes (13 pounds).

Potter and Hinds were escorted to Central Police Station where they were placed into custody pending charges. Investigations are continuing.

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