Barbados Police working at Capacity – Growing Trend of Cannabis, raids in St John & St Philip net almost 900 plants
1. A joint operation led by the members of the Drug Squad and supported by members of the Special Services Unit, and the Barbados Defence Force was conducted at Colleton, St. John on Wednesday 2nd November 2011 and 473 cannabis plants were seized, the tallest being approximately 9 feet. The plants were concealed in a canefield; no arrests have been made.
2. Anthony Page, 41 year old United States national was arrested and charged for the following offences:
1. Possession of cocaine
2. Trafficking in the illegal drug
3. Possession with intent to supply cocaine
5. Attempting to export.
The subject arrived in Barbados on the 29th October 2011, for a 3 day visit and on the 1st November checked in at the airport to depart for the United Kingdom; he was intercepted by members of the Drug Squad. The cocaine (unestimated) was found secreted into the material of clothing he had in his possession.
Also, French national Lissa Benedicte Fleming, 24 years of the island of St. Martin, was also arrested and charged for the above mentioned five offences. The circumstances mentioned are the same for her.
They are appeared at the District B Magistrate Court on Thursday 3rd November 2011.
3. An operation of the same date, was executed by members of the Special Services Unit in Cox Hill, St. Philip, where 390 cannabis plants were seized, the tallest being approximately 7 feet. They were discovered growing in a bushy area. Also seized were a bucket of compress cannabis and a bag of dried cannabis plants. No arrests have been made.
- A fire of unknown origin destroyed a one bedroom uninsured wooden house located at Mile and a Quarter, St. Peter, sometime around 8.00 pm on Thursday 3rd November 2011. The house was owned by Ricardo Cumberbatch, 36 years, who lived there alone; he was not at home at the time.
Drug seizure and arrests
- A joint operation on land and sea, led by the Drug Squad and assisted by members of the RSS, and Barbados Coast Guard on Thursday 3rd November 2011, resulted in the seizure of 2 vessels, a quantity of illegal drugs and 7 persons being detained.
A Guyanese cargo vessel was seized at the Bridgetown Port and a Barbadian fishing vessel was intercepted off Sandy Beach, Christ Church within the territorial waters of Barbados. 62.5 kgs of cocaine and 183.5 kgs of cannabis were seized. At present 2 Barbadian nationals and 5 Guyanese nationals are currently assisting with this investigation.
David Welch | Insp.
Pub. Rel’s. Officer of the RBPF