Cops kill two suspected ganja planters
...claim to have destroyed $4.4 million worth in narcotics
CAROLYN KISSOON firstname.lastname@example.org
Police shot and killed two men and claimed they destroyed a $4.4 million marijuana plantation in a forested area in Central Trinidad on Tuesday. And a police manhunt has been launched for a third suspect, who was wounded.
Police said they were informed at around 11 a.m. of a large marijuana plantation four miles into a forested area off Caparo. Workers engaged in a reforestation exercise discovered the fully grown marijuana trees, police said.
A team of officers led by senior superintendent Johnny Abraham and included inspector Terrence Williams, sergeants Andy Mohammed and Toolaram, Central Division Task Force and CID assisted by the Air Support Unit conducted the eight-hour long exercise.
Police said the officers found several marijuana fields inside the thick forest and were confronted by three men who opened fire on them.
Police said the officers returned fire, wounding the men. Two men were found bleeding, while a third man escaped.
The unconscious men were airlifted to the Chaguanas Health Facility, where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The men have not yet been identified.
A search for the third suspect was unsuccessful. Police said a shotgun was seized. The officers destroyed the fully grown marijuana plants and a camp, stocked with food items.