$5-million worth of drugs destroyed

The illegal substances were destroyed on Thursday
The illegal substances were destroyed on Thursday

Close to $5-million worth of cannabis, cocaine and cannabis resin have been destroyed by local police.

Two hundred and ninety two pounds of cannabis and six pounds of cannabis resin, valued at EC$ 292,000; 385 pounds of cocaine worth $4.726-million were set on fire at the Police barracks in Morne Bruce on Thursday.

Head of the Drug Squad, Inspector John Carbon, said the illegal substances were seized over a three-year period.

“What we are witnessing here today is the destruction of drugs, mainly cocaine and some marijuana and these have been seized over a period of three years, up to last year,” he said.

Carbon said most of the drugs were not locally produced.

“Most of the drugs have been imported into the country,” he noted, “We know that Dominica is a major transshipment point of these drugs and in so doing we find it fit to do our job by confiscating the drugs on its way out of Dominica.”

The Head of the Drug Squad pledged that the police will do all they can to “minimize the importation and use” of these drugs on the island.

“We will continue to do so,” he promised. “We are just trying to make the society a better place for all of us.”

Carbon also said there increase in drug trafficking in Dominica, “but we are stepping up to that sort of activity.”

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38 Comments

  1. Rev Augustus Ambrose
    May 16, 2015

    Well done to the police it is time we clean up our country
    And take care of our young people
    PM should be praise he is blame for every thing I think he should get credit this time

  2. karla is back
    May 15, 2015

    allu aint fool me non dem pow pow dere next ting years to come some of u guys building million dollar mansions etc etc . konndiee kermit the frog ,,,thats none of my business

  3. Informative
    May 15, 2015

    that not looking like 5millions dollars worth of drugs..awa awa awa..pas try ca..it missing

    • 1/4 the loot. burnt
      May 17, 2015

      Some missing right! Soon we will see who adding extension to their house, or who have a new ride, more girlfriends, looking fatter add urs reader.

  4. Annon
    May 15, 2015

    Just legalize marijuana so you will have enough resources to curb cocaine smuggling. How can you get more than that much coke when we all know it is miniscule to what really goes thru D’a? You can not have enough resources to go after coke when you are spending so much wasted time after marijuana that other countries are legalizing, period.

  5. Moin meme
    May 15, 2015

    Those respirators don’t have filters in them! heh heh heh

  6. May 15, 2015

    yes you right :-P

  7. The Facts
    May 14, 2015

    Burn them all! They serve no useful purpose to the health and welfare of Dominicans. Illegal drugs are dangerous. They have increased criminal activities in every country and destroyed general health, homes and jobs.

  8. mandate 2 mismanage
    May 14, 2015

    hhhahahahahah burn de weed Jah gave you…then go beg for money for feeder roads and to pay PWC workers. BAM will save all you!

    Nation of Fools
    –Marcus Garvey

  9. Smugglers inc
    May 14, 2015

    Do you think all of this $5m worth of drugs is really burnt?? I can guarantee you that some kilos are back on the streets

  10. May 14, 2015

    Congratulations :!:

    This is policing at its best!

    A drug bust of this magnitude is no doubt sending shock waves across the Caribbean.

    The drug trade creates many problems. Minds are being damaged beyond repair, young people are dying from overdoses. Police officers, drug pushers, and their customers are being shot.

    It is a major cause of crime from petty theft in our quiet neighborhoods, to international organized crime, and from street violence in big American cities, to the drug wars in Columbia and Mexico.

    Legalizing the drugs is not the answer. Studies have shown the more available a substance is the more it will be used. Those who now break the existing laws are people with no respect for law and order. They will not honor the boundaries or even acknowledge the laws if drugs are legalized. Why would they pay for licenses to produce and sell? Why would they pay income tax? They have never had to recognize such laws.

    Good work :!:

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald…

  11. K T
    May 14, 2015

    who cares about the police show

  12. May 14, 2015

    Thing to talk let them fool all you still

  13. find jobs for people
    May 14, 2015

    more drugs will enter much more you killed agriculture

  14. UserName
    May 14, 2015

    CDPF regardless of the crackdown on narcotics you really not easy. Your job is tainted by this horrendous portray and you should be ashamed. Since LAST YEAR after you came with a similar portrait but with even a bigger quantum suggestions were made for the purchase of an INDUSTRIAL INCINERATOR with low VOCs and particulate emissions yet it is apparent that none cares about the health impact of the people of Kingshill, lower Morne Bruce and elsewhere.. even Roseau. and making matters worse thinking you PROTECTING YOURSELF with the use of a household dust mask!! Is it truly of no concern even to the environment. Waiting to see what will happen next.

  15. Hmmmmm
    May 14, 2015

    All didnt burn na :mrgreen:

    • derp
      May 14, 2015

      exactly “illegal substances were seized over a three-year period.” sure sure and now you burning all/some…

  16. Curious
    May 14, 2015

    Over the past years I have heard of many arrests for cocaine and cannabis. However i have not heard on many persons being convected. Is burning the drugs is a smoke screen for destroying evidence. I still waiting for the conviction of the Anse De Mai drugs( Cocaine) bust and Grandbay drug (Cocaine and Marijuana bust .

  17. jodi
    May 14, 2015

    Some of it gone somewhere though!!

  18. rastabarbe
    May 14, 2015

    Legalize and tax it, like jamaicans

    That’s could be better

    • The Facts
      May 14, 2015

      Consider the population of J/ca in comparison to that of D/ca. The reason it is legalized in Jamaica is because of the rastas who stated it is their religious practice. Some religious practice.
      I would feel sorry for D/ca and nationals should these drugs be legalized. There would be people walking around like zombies. No exception the vulnerable youths who are influenced by the traffickers. There would surely be an increase in crimes.
      Therefore, do not wish for this legalization. It would be disastrous for D/ca and nationals, those who purchase it and ingest it. It would be big trouble in D/ca.
      God forbid that it will never be legalized in Dominica.

    • May 14, 2015

      Many people feel Jamaica is going downhill fast.

      You would not want to take a page out of their book.

      Drugs create problems and if a problem already exists in your nation it will be amplified by the legalization of drugs.

      In the USA people in high places are saying “We are losing the war on drugs.” My wife and I spent three summers in Brooklyn, N.Y. ministering in the streets of the infamous “gangland” where the Teen Challenge ministry was birthed in the 1950’s. I preached in their churches. We did outreach for them in the
      slums. We saw the end results of the drug trade in the streets and back allies. Trust me, it doesn’t get any worse.

      Please fight the legalization of drugs on the beautiful nature island. This way you will at least know who the enemy is and have a chance of keeping the use of these devil substances at a minimum.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. International Evangelist. (Diploma in Drug Studies)

  19. professor
    May 14, 2015

    it is not a bad thing to be burning the drugs and it has not much effect on the environment. my problem is watching this picture and looking at a blazing fire right next to this building. any fire safety officer would have found an issue with it and that is not correct practice.

    • May 14, 2015

      But think of the amusing songs we’ll get during calypso season if the police burn down their own police station during this sort of foolish drug burn.

      Legalise it and treat addiction as the health problem that it is. It’s less expensive, more compassionate, takes profit away from gangsters, reduces related crime, and is better for individual freedom. The only justification for keeping them illegal is the unwholesome desire to meddle in other people’s lives.

      • derp
        May 14, 2015

        too bad they aren’t forward thinking, when the time does come it will be too late, the market would already be too saturated to make a profit

      • The Facts
        May 14, 2015

        You are an advocate. You do not consider it an addiction just as those who are addicted to liquor. Illegal drugs are worst than alcohol.
        Some people want to make ingesting marijuana a health issue. Not everyone ingests it for health purposes. It is only an excuse for assuming it should be considered a health issue why some of you want it legalized.

      • May 15, 2015

        The various drugs that are currently illegal are not even slightly the same as one another. Crack and meth may be worse than alcohol. Cannabis certainly is not. But regardless of which drugs we’re discussing, it makes much, much more sense to approach them as a public health issue rather than as a criminality issue.

  20. anonymous2
    May 14, 2015

    How stupid to burn all of this stuff and pollute the air even more. Environmental degradation, a specialty in DA.
    Everybody knows the real truth on the drug trade here and who brings it in and profits.

    • The Facts
      May 14, 2015

      If you consider it polluting, it is only temporary. D/ca is in the open air with mountains, rivers and seas. Do not worry it will evaporate in thin air and will not affect anyone.

      • anonymous2
        May 17, 2015

        Contamination in the air does not just vanish. It lands somewhere. The air in DA stinks these days. A formerly pristine island is now getting progressively more polluted, combined with the Chemtrailing and all of the garbage and waste burning, the air quality is becoming very poor. You think that just because it is an island out in the ocean that everything will blow away. It won’t. I doubt that you live here.

  21. grell
    May 14, 2015

    Good that this is being done,but why use a toxic tires as part of the burning and Skerrit needs to purchase an incenerator for the burning,this is too close to the barracks.

  22. Bold
    May 14, 2015

    Yeah right….Really? Burn what? Bush is bush when it burns we cannot tell if it is the drugs

    • unknown
      May 14, 2015

      is true they take out for themselves

  23. megso
    May 14, 2015

    Why are we burning tyres along with the drugs. Isn’t there already enough pollution in the air?
    This seems to show a distinct lack of regard for our residents. the smoke from such burning cannot be healthy to inhale and those masks are NOT sufficient to protect the officers health.

    • The Facts
      May 14, 2015

      You sound as if you are residing in a big city which is already polluted. Well, I forgot, Roseau is called a City. :lol:

  24. Frustrated
    May 14, 2015

    Ala look how dey burn de weed!!! lol.

    • The Facts
      May 14, 2015

      It hurts your heart that it is being burned. You would love to have some of it, eh?

    • JungleGirl
      May 15, 2015

      Wey boy!!! :-P

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