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A narcotics eradication exercise at DeVeldt Savannah in the Berbice River led to the massive discovery of thousands of marijuana plants on a farm on Friday.
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 in high.
A 37-year-old farmer of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara and Wiruni Berbice River, was found on the farm attending to the cannabis plants, and he was arrested.
During a search of the first camp, a suspected 12 gauge shotgun, loaded with three live cartridges, one Guyana Passport, one Identification card and one birth certificate in favour of the farmer who was arrested, were found.
Searches were also conducted on the second camp where a suspected 12 gauge shotgun along with four live 12 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 is $489,000,000.
A gasoline plough, several farming tools and a spray can was also found in the camp. The plants, camps and drying areas, farming tools and the spray can 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 lodged. (Loop News)