Police in Barima-Waini Region 1 apprehended an armed robbery suspect on Saturday. The 21-year-old miner of Minab, Matthew’s Ridge, NWD is accused of having robbed a female shopkeeper last Friday of cash, raw gold and other valuables. The robbery occurred at Bamboo Landing, NWD and the suspect who was apprehended at Matthew’s Ridge Flatts, has since admitted to the crime. Ranks performed a search of his person and recovered several of the stolen items. During the interrogation he took investigators to a location at Hell Hill, Matthew’s Ridge and handed over an unlicensed 9mm pistol with a magazine and nineteen live matching rounds an Investigation in progress.
On Sunday, police stationed in Lethem shut down an illegal cannabis farming operation in Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo, Region 9. Acting on information received, police in Lethem descended upon Kumu Village, Central Rupununi and located the operation. When they arrived, the ranks found a 35-year-old farmer of Moco Moco Village, Central Rupununi who was seen watering the prohibited plants. He has since been arrested. The cultivation covered approximately one and a half acres. Police located about 100 seedlings and 300 plants measuring between one foot to four feet in height. The find is one of the largest busts in the Region for the year. The illegal crops were photographed, samples obtained, and then destroyed by fire. The suspect is being processed for court.