(Barbados Nation) – More marijuana “plantations” are popping up across the island as authorities clamp down on smuggling between Barbados and long-standing prolific drug source St Vincent.

Head of the Police Drug Squad, Superintendent Grafton Phillips, told the Midweek Nation on Wednesday that the police were seeing a dramatic increase in “marijuana plantations” around the island.

He said last year the police seized 10 994 plants, but so far this year they have seized 15 915.

“It appears that a lot more marijuana plants are being cultivated. They seem to be planting a lot more than before,” he said, amid reports that police had yesterday seized another 431 plants growing in a bushy area at Welch Village, St John. A bulletproof vest was also found.