‘Ole Smokie’ today puffs $147 million worth of marijuana

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The Incinerator on Princess Street, called ‘Ole Smokie’ came alive this morning when the Guyana Police Force used it to destroy a large quantity of confiscated cannabis sativa (marijuana) worth some Gy$147 million.

The exercise took place at the incinerator on Princes Street, Georgetown under heavy police guard. Superintendent Wayne Dehart, in charge of the Police Narcotics Branch, told media operatives that the illegal substance weighed 294.231Kg, and was  acquired from a number of cases over a two-year period.

“It’s (from) cases coming from operations that would have been conducted by the Narcotics Branch and also cases coming from the division at large,” the Superintendent explained.

Only recently, the GPF conducted a 10-hour operation destroying several acres of cannabis in Berbice. During the operation, over 8000 plants, ranging from 2 to 6 feet tall, and weighing an estimated total of 17,000 kilogrammes were destroyed. Another 9000 kilogrammes of cannabis already packed away, was also destroyed during the operation.

Also, in October 2016, the GPF, during a drug eradication exercise at Araray Village, Upper Essequibo, destroyed in excess of nine acres of cannabis. An exercise of a similar nature is expected to be conducted on Friday, November 25, 2016 by the Police Narcotics Branch.

Below are photos taken by INews Photographer, Carl Croker, at the ‘ganja burning’ exercise this morning:

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