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November 19, 2004

Members of the local constabulary swooped down on a number of houses in the Paul’s Avenue area last Thursday 11, as part of a police initiative aimed at curbing the instances of violent crimes in the country.

During the raid, police reportedly found an undisclosed sum of cash and a small portion of marijuana. {{more}} A youngster known as Gary Glasgow was charged for a small portion of cocaine that the police said he threw on the ground. Two other men were detained without charges being laid.

A number of other raids and stop and search operations were carried out between the period October 30 to November 13. The increased police vigilance was encouraged by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and is expected to continue.

During exhibitions into the hills, which came in this period, police say they destroyed 8300 matured marijuana plants, 38,000 seedlings and 355 pounds of cured marijuana, though no one was charged in relation to the drugs.

Forty-five rounds of ammunition of different calibres were seized, while a man was arrested with a .25 pistol and two bullets as a result of the stop and search operations.

A number of persons have been complaining about the stop and search but Dr. Gonsalves has commented that the operation is geared towards catching criminals and curbing criminal activity.