Pregnant woman held in dope haul

beadottin, beadottin@nationnews.com

Added 05 May 2013

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A pregnant woman was among three people held when police conducted three drug operations in less than 24 hours between Friday and yesterday. Head of the Police Drug Squad Superintendent Grafton Phillips told the SUNDAY SUN that the woman, a Jamaican national said to be in her 20s, arrived at Grantley Adams International Airport on a flight from Jamaica. She is hospitalized at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, having passed out several marijuana pellets. Police netted 505 pounds of ganja valued at close to $1 million, 531 marijuana plants, a boat and two suspects in separate operations at sea and on land. The Drug Squad, assisted by the Regional Security System (RSS) and the Barbados Coast Guard, seized 505 pounds of marijuana at Tent Bay, St Joseph. Sometime later, the Coast Guard intercepted the suspected drug boat off Half Moon Fort, St Lucy and arrested two Barbadian men who are now in custody assisting with investigations. The continuing drug eradication exercise also reaped success with the Marine Unit confiscating 531 cannabis plants found at two locations. Thirty six plants were found in a bushy area in Castle, St Peter, while 495 were uprooted at Welch, St John. Thirty-five cannabis-filled, wax-proof wrappings were also discovered in a hut in Chalky Mount, St Andrew. No arrests have been made in these seizures. (MB)

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