A 37-year-old St Elizabeth businessman has been taken into custody by the Narcotics Police after he was allegedly caught transporting a large quantity of ganja on Thursday.

The police say during an operation which was being conducted about 8:00 in the morning on the Portmore Toll Road, a 2013 Toyota Hiace bus transporting a quantity of processed food intended for export, was intercepted.

During a search, ganja weighing approximately 700 pounds, with an estimated street value of US $850,000, was found concealed in tins labelled as canned food.

The vehicle, along with the contraband, was seized and the driver arrested on reasonable suspicion for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act.

The Narcotics Police say a taxi driver by the name of Anthony Murray, otherwise called ‘Sprang’, of Mike Town in Manchester, who they believe can assist with their investigations, should contact the Narcotics Division.