Officers destroy $67.5m in ganja in Toco forest

Speaking yesterday at the weekly press briefing at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain, public information officer of the Police Service Sgt Wayne Mystar said lawmen of the Northern Division along with the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau went to a forested area in L’anse Noir, Toco, on Tuesday and discovered 66,500 fully grown trees, 8,041 seedlings and 90 kilogrammes of cured marijuana.

The officers, who included Sgt Baptiste and Cpl Vialva, went to the area around 9 a.m. and completed the exercise around 3 p.m.

A homemade shotgun was also found.

No one was arrested.

In an unrelated incident, a pupil of the Tableland High School was arrested on Tuesday and charged with marijuana trafficking.

The pupil was held after police were called to the school when a fight erupted among pupils on the compound.

The boy was searched and allegedly found with 70 packets of the drug.

Constable Ramjitsingh, of the Tableland Police Station, laid the charge.

Meanwhile, a 26-year-old Santa Cruz man who robbed a Princes Town businesswoman yesterday was arrested a short time later.

Nadia Mohammed, of Manahambre Road, was seated in her white Toyota HiLux with her daughter, Kadia, when a man armed with a gun attacked them.

Mohammed was robbed of $59,000 by the man, who escaped in a vehicle parked nearby.

A report was made to the Princes Town Police Station and a party of police officers from the Southern Division Task Force and the Princes Town CID went to the M1 Ring Road, where they cornered the suspect.

The man is expected to appear on an identification parade in connection with other robberies in the area.

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