Police ranks of Regional Division 10 on Wednesday conducted an eradication exercise on 40 acres of land at Maria Henrrietta Village, Upper Berbice River.
A Police report said that when ranks arrived at the location, they saw two males attending to the cannabis plants. The men upon seeing the ranks fled into the vegetation and subsequently made good their escape in an engine boat.
Further checks were conducted in the very area and a total of 10 fields sitting on 40 acres of land consisting of 500,000 suspected cannabis plants ranging from one to eight feet in height, 2,000 pounds of dried cannabis, 100 pounds of cannabis seeds, four nurseries, and six camps – suspected to be living quarters – were discovered.
During the search, several suspected emptied 12-gauge shotgun cartridges were found in one of the camps. The suspected cannabis plants and camps were then destroyed by way of fire.
The estimated street value for the cannabis plants and dried cannabis is $2,002,000,000.