$800,000 drug bust in Seabreeze
ROYSTON JONES JR.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Feb 25, 2014
A major drug bust in eastern New Providence early yesterday morning is believed to be part of a much larger drug trafficking ring, Superintendent Samuel Butler, head of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) indicated.
Police seized more than $800,000 worth of marijuana in Seabreeze around 4 a.m. after intercepting a drug shipment during a special operation, police said.
DEU officers, along with Defence Force marines, observed several men on a boat offloading several large packages and barrels onto a truck.
Upon searching the packages and barrels, officers found the drugs.
Police said the drugs weighed 800 pounds.
Three Bahamian men were arrested during the operation and were being questioned about their suspected involvement in the larger ring, Butler said.
Although he did not want to reveal too many details to ensure the investigation is not compromised, Butler suggested that police could make another drug bust very soon.
He said police are following significant leads, adding “we expect to be able to provide an update to the public in short order”.
He did not say where the drugs came from, but he believed that they were intended for New Providence.
“We are very grateful to those Bahamian citizens who continue to love this country by supporting the police in our efforts to rid this country of drugs and criminality,” Butler told The Nassau Guardian.
“I appeal to those people who have yet to get on board, to get on board and let us bind together to reduce the level of criminal activities that we are experiencing in the country today.”
This seizure comes just days after authorities at the Freeport Container Port discovered more than $1.4 million worth of cocaine and heroin in a 40-foot container.
Shortly after 2 a.m. on Friday, DEU officers along with local and U.S. customs officers located two Nike duffle bags containing 53 taped packages of what authorities believed was cocaine, and 1 package of heroin.
The drugs weighed 131 pounds.
No arrests were made in connection with the bust, police said.