Just after 3:30PM on Monday, 4 September, uniform police officers carrying out patrols on Shedden Road, George Town, in the vicinity of Liberty Lane, observed a man known to them who appeared to be behaving suspiciously. They approached the man, who fled on foot along Liberty Lane. The officers gave chase and came upon two other men behaving suspiciously outside a residence, who attempted to prevent the officers from proceeding onto the property. While speaking to the officers, these two men also fled the location on foot.
The officers detected the strong scent of ganja on the property, and whilst making enquiries under the Misuse of Drugs Act, recovered a significant quantity of the drug. Assistance was requested from other police units and a further search of the area was carried out, with additional assistance from CI Customs and Border Control. A further quantity of ganja was recovered and officers also recovered two firearms: a 9mm handgun with a loaded extended magazine, and an AK-47 assault rifle and magazine. A large quantity of AK-47 ammunition was also recovered from the scene. The total amount of ganja recovered is estimated to be over 100lbs.
Four persons present at the location, a 42-year-old man, a 39-year-old-man, a 44-year old man and a 56-year-old woman, all of George Town, were arrested on suspicion of possession of an unlicensed firearm, and have been granted bail whilst investigations continue.