Lawmen challenged by easy way of drug peddling

There is a level of uncertainty about why people get involved in peddling illegal drugs.

Officer in charge of the Drug Squad of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF), Superintendent Rodriques James told members of the media last week Thursday that a first-timer getting involved in drugs does not necessarily need to have the collateral in order to get started.

Supt. James said while drug suspects have not been forthcoming in the reasons why they are involved in drug peddling, a large sum of cash is not needed to get started off in the illegal business.

He said based on the investigations by aw enforcement officials, there are many Vincentians who carry large amounts of marijuana to Grenada and offer them on consignment to Grenadians to entice them to get involved in the drug trade.

“In some instance you do not necessarily have to have any cash up-front. As long as you have the interest and you’re prepared to go out then they provide you with it and then you start your business,” he added.

According to Supt. James, this is one of the reasons why it is very challenging for the lawmen to fight trafficking of marijuana.

Last year, 549 persons were arrested for having marijuana in their possession. Of that number only 132 persons were classified as unemployed including eight students.

Last year, the RGPF Drug Squad destroyed 13,432 marijuana plants. Members of the drug squad also seized 2,264.15 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $5m in 2012.

In addition, due to the efforts of the Drug Squad 517 males and 32 females were arrested in connection with illegal drugs in their possession.



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