SSP Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force Corporate Communications Unit
The two Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers who were arrested Tuesday night during an anti-narcotics operation in St. Elizabeth remain in custody.
A top level probe is in progress.
Superintendent Jervis Moore, head of the Narcotics Division, on Wednesday afternoon told Radio Jamaica News that the soldiers will be questioned by detectives.
The soldiers were arrested after the police intercepted a van belonging to the JDF during the anti-narcotics operation about 9:30 Tuesday night in Gutters, St. Elizabeth.
The operation involved members of the Narcotics Division, the Westmoreland Police and JDF personnel.
The occupants of the vehicle reportedly fired at the team and discarded packages as they attempted to flee.
It was reported that there was a shootout, during which the van was damaged.
The van, belonging to the JDF, was seized as well as 1,500 pounds of compressed ganja.
Senior Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, Communication Officer for the Jamaica Constabulary Force, said the JDF is assisting with the probe.
The JDF had earlier reacted to the arrest of the two soldiers, noting that a team had gone to intercept the soldiers who were suspected of carrying a quantity of ganja.
The JDF said the operation and arrest is a demonstration of its robust internal monitoring system as well as the strength of the continued partnership between the JDF and Jamaica Constabulary Force.