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Major drugs raid at Stabroek Market

Dozens of heavily armed uniformed and plainclothes police officers on Saturday morning swooped down at Stabroek Market and arrested several persons for narcotics possession.

A number of vendors selling a variety of legitimate products were arrested after police allegedly found marijuana in their stalls.

“This is you drugs”, a policeman told a vendor.

Assisted by a sniffer dog to ascertain where narcotics might be hidden, police then broke and entered a number of stalls.

The anti-narcotics operation stretched from nearby the East Bank Demerara bus park to several areas in and around the market.

A number of police officers, males and female, were wearing body cameras during the sting operation.

The Guyana Police Force later said 13 persons were arrested; three for narcotics possession and the others for questioning in relation to several offences.

The law enforcement agency said 128 grammes of marijuana seeds, 561 grams of cannabis , and a quantity of small-sized ziplock bags, were some of the prohibited items found.

Ranks of the Guyana Police Force drawn from ‘A’ Division, CID Headquarters, Canine Department, Crime Lab, Construction Department, Tactical Services Unit, Firearms Section, Public Relations Office and the Narcotics Branch conducted a cordon and search operation at the following locations: Stabroek Market, Ferry Stelling Area and Route 31, 32, 40, 41 and 44 bus parks.