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Jamaica police seize ton of pot in traffic stop

October 1, 2013

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican police say they seized 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) of marijuana during a routine traffic stop in a rural community.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force said Tuesday that lawmen signaled the driver of a truck to stop in the northern parish of St. Mary. They say that a search of the truck led to the discovery of 53 bags and two buckets stuffed with pot.

Four people were taken into custody, but only one was arrested. His identity is being withheld pending further investigation.

Jamaica is the Caribbean’s largest producer and exporter of marijuana. Plants are grown mostly on remote hillsides or hidden among other crops.

Pot has been pervasive but illegal on the Caribbean island since 1913.

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