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Despite a number of high level discussions on moves to decriminalize marijuana in St Lucia and other parts of the region, local police continue to quash efforts to cultivate the herb.

Official reports indicate that during an operation at Garrand, Babonneau on Saturday, March 22, 2014, police attached to the Babonneau station uprooted and destroyed approximately 500 Marijuana plants from two separate plantations within close proximity to each other.

The officers have thanked members of the Garrand community for their cooperation during the operation.

Meanwhile, three Child Maintenance Warrants were also issued by police in that community.

In more news, On Sunday, March 23, 2014, officers attached to the Marchand Police Station executed a search warrant at a residence in Bagatelle, Castries.

During the search, the officers recovered a .22 pistol, a 9mm Beretta, a flat screen television which was reported stolen and a quantity of dry plant material suspected to be Cannabis.

Consequently, 22 year old Villian Emerson Joseph and 23 year old Michael Christopher of Bagatelle, Castries along with 16 year old Minella Joseph of Ti Rocher, Castries, were charged for Possession of Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Drug and Handling Stolen Property.

They appeared before the First District Court in Castries on Monday, March 24, 2014. They were all remanded to the Bordelais Correctional Facility until April 11, 2014.

This is the fourth firearm confiscated by officers attached to the Marchand Police Station in less than two weeks.
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