The Royal Gazette reported on 28th June 2023 that a 45-year-old man was arrested and drugs with an estimated value of $2.9 million on the island’s streets was seized last week in a joint operation between police and customs agents.

Last Thursday, officers conducted Operation Porcini after HM Customs intercepted a shipment of the drugs MDMA, known as ecstasy or molly, with cannabis and the cannabinoid drug, shatter.

Search warrants were executed at properties in Pembroke and St George’s.

Acting Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph, in charge of the Crime Division, called it “a significant seizure, which has prevented a substantial amount of controlled drugs from being distributed into our community”.

He added: “The drug ecstasy, in particular, can cause severe impairment and permanent brain damage. In some cases, ecstasy use can lead to stroke, heart attack and death.

“We will continue to work tirelessly with HM Customs to identify and disrupt the importation, sales and distribution of illicit drugs.

“The success of Operation Porcini demonstrates the effectiveness of our joint efforts and unwavering determination to keep our community safe.”

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