UPDATE: Police seize over a ton of ganja, arrest 11 men including 5 Costa Ricans

WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — The police have confirmed that over a ton of ganja along with other high-value items were seized in a two-day drug bust in Westmoreland earlier this week.

Five Costa Ricans and six Jamaicans, including an ex-cop, were taken into custody following the seizures.

The Costa Ricans are believed to have entered the island illegally.

The police reported that during an operation which commenced on January 13 at a beach in Big Bridge, Westmoreland, 34 knitted bags of ganja weighing 1,633 pounds, a Smith and Wesson .45 pistol with a magazine containing six .45 cartridges were seized. A Toyota Coaster bus and a motorcar were also seized.

A 40-foot boat containing two knitted bags of ganja, and eighteen 200-litre drums of gasoline were also confiscated. An additional 15 knitted bags of ganja weighing 359 pounds were also discovered at the location.

In a second raid conducted on Tuesday, January 14 in Ketto district, also in the parish, a two-bedroom apartment was searched resulting in the seizure of a .357 Magnum revolver with seven cartridges, 34 knitted bags containing 907 pounds of ganja.

The names of those arrested are being withheld until charged, the police said.