Corporal Marilyn Harris of the Strategic Communications Department said the destroyed substances comprised 1,107 pounds and eight ounces of cured cannabis, 1,546 or three pounds of cannabis plants, 13 grammes of cocaine and 26 grammes of hashish, which collectively have a street value of $2,253,708.
The controlled drugs were set on fire during an operation conducted at a field in Burma, outside the perimeter fence of the V. C. Bird International Airport yesterday.
In all, cannabis valued at $2,252,270 as well as $526 worth of cocaine, and the hashish which had a street value of $912 went up in flames.
Harris told the media that the drugs were from recently concluded cases in the lower courts, with the bulk of the cannabis coming from drug raids in which no one was detained or arrested
With blaring sirens, a convoy of armed police personnel escorted the vehicle that was transporting the drugs from the city, then to the secluded burn site.
Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, court staff, and police officers from the Narcotics Department, Rapid Response and Special Services units and the media witnessed yesterday’s destruction.
The fire department was also called in to tend to a blaze that had spread to a heap of discarded items.
This is the second time for the year police destroyed illegal drugs. In April, over $1 million of cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy was
Over 500 pounds of cannabis, both cured and plants, along with 176 grammes of cocaine and 103.5 ecstasy tablets were burnt during that operation conducted at the same field in Burma.
In all, cannabis valued at $1,644,000, as well as cocaine, which had a street value of $6,160, and synthetic ecstasy valued at $5,150 went up in flames.