(CMR) The Joint Marine Unit has been extremely busy this week.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) apprehended three Jamaican nationals on a canoe in Cayman Brac on Friday morning.
The arrests come just one day after, officers from the Joint Marine Unit (JMU) came upon two vessels acting suspiciously in the vicinity of the Big Channel entrance to North Sound.
Reports from the JMU are that two vessels were spotted at about 4:30 a.m.on Thursday when officers attempted to intercept the vessels, both made off.
One vessel was later found abandoned in shallow waters close to Uncle Bob Road in West Bay. The vessel was recovered, along with a large quantity of ganja on board.
Our CMR sources indicated seeing the ganja being transported by multiple police vehicles and indicated that they saw
at least 8 large garbage bags full
With the assistance of local residents and land-based RCIPS officers, two persons, a managed 36 of West Bay, and a managed 39 of Jamaica were arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the importation of ganja and human smuggling. The men remain in police custody and investigations are ongoing.
The three Jamaican nationals detained in Cayman Brac on Friday are believed to have been aboard the vessel that fled on Thursday morning.
HM Customs and the RCIPS arrested the three men, ages 33, 29, and 31, on suspicion of a number of offenses including being concerned in the importation of ganja into Grand Cayman on January 25.