On Friday, a joint-narcotics eradication exercise by law enforcement agencies at DeVeldt Savannah in the Berbice River led to the discovery of $489 million worth of marijuana and two shotguns.
In a statement on Saturday, the Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said that the operation was conducted between 05:00h and 14:00h.
During the exercise, one marijuana farm, two camps, and two drying areas were located. The farm measured about four acres, with about 20,000 cannabis plants measuring from six inches to two feet.
A 37-year-old farmer of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara (WCD) and Wiruni Berbice River was found on the farm attending to the cannabis plants and was arrested.
When the ranks searched the first camp, a suspected 12 gauge shotgun was loaded with three live cartridges and documents belonging to the farmer.
A search was also conducted on the second camp, where a suspected 12 gauge shotgun and four live twelve gauge cartridges were found.
Searches were then conducted on the two drying areas, and a quantity of dry cannabis was found with an estimated weight of about 800 pounds.
The estimated weight of the cannabis plants is 400 pounds. The total street value of the cannabis found during the operation was $489,000,000.
A gasoline plow, several farming tools, and a spray can were also found in the camp. The plants, camps and drying areas, farming tools, and spray were all destroyed by fire.
The farmer was escorted to Central Police Station, where he was placed into custody, and the suspected firearms and ammunition were lodged.