Drugs & Serious Crimes Task Force
The Drugs and Serious Crimes Task Force is a proactive, intelligence-led unit that provides specialist support to uniform police and other specialist units. It also cooperates with local and international agencies to combat the trafficking of controlled substances and firearms into and through the jurisdiction of the Cayman Islands.
The members of the DSCTF often undertake operations of extended length in order to penetrate networks of organized crime and disrupt the importation of drugs on a large scale, as well as firearms. During 2016 a total of 1,474 lbs. of ganja were recovered from importations (with an approximate street value of $958,000CI) and four canoes were seized. Five people were arrested, charged and convicted as a result of these operations, with 12 others also arrested and charged. One semi-automatic pistol and 64 rounds of 9mm ammunition were also recovered amongst the drugs seized during the interdictions of “drug canoes” attempting to illegally enter the Cayman Islands.
As of November 2017, 1,575 lbs. of ganja (with an approximate street value of $1,023,750CI), two kilos of cocaine (with a street value of $125,000CI), two semi-automatic pistols and two canoes have been seized during intelligence led pro-active operations targeting illegal importation. Twenty-two persons have been arrested for these offences and are currently awaiting trial or sentence.
In all of these operations, the DSCTF works closely with the Joint Marine Unit, Air Operations Unit, CID and other specialist units. The DSCTF also works with the Financial Crimes Unit in matters concerning the forfeiture of assets derived from or linked to the proceeds of crime.
Due to the sensitive nature of their work, DSCTF detectives keep a low profile while fulfilling important but sometimes dangerous tasks to keep the islands safe. They are required to undergo additional security checks and training before being attached to the unit.