(ZIZ News) — Over the past few weeks, the St. Kitts Nevis Defence Force has seized approximately 80 thousand marijuana plants as part of ongoing operations.
Public Affairs Officer Captain Kayode Sutton told ZIZ News that while the Defence Force has been working in collaboration with other security forces in the communities, they are working to make the hills safe as well.
“While we conduct patrols and work in conjunction with the police to do patrols and stop and searches within the communities, the Defence Force is at the same time simultaneously doing eradication exercises in the hills so it’s not just a one phase operation, it’s a multi-faceted operation that is taking place. What we want to do is ensure that the hills are also safe, not just the communities so the Defence Force continues in this effort,” he said.
Captain Sutton said the Defence Force will continue its efforts against the illegal drug until its status changes stating, “Marijuana growing or consumption or sales is not legal in St. Kitts and Nevis so the fight goes on. We will continue to do our best to ensure that the communities are rid of the illegal stuff. When it becomes legal then we will react differently. At the moment it is not legal so we will continue to eradicate them.”
According to Captain Sutton the marijuana plants were seized in the areas of Cayon, Newton Ground, White’s Mountain and St. Pauls.
He thanked the public for its continued collaboration with the St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force and encouraged continued support.