$1.2 million drug bust in New Providence

$1.2 million drug bust in New Providence

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – Authorities seized more than 1,200 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday during two separate operations.

According to police, shortly after 8:00 p.m., Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) officers, acting on intelligence, went to a residence on St. Bart’s Road, Golden Gates, where they observed a man standing near a white van in the yard.

The man ran away as officers approached him.

A search of the van produced 19 crocus sacks and a taped package containing 545 pounds of marijuana.

The estimated value of the drugs was $545,000.

Two men inside the home were arrested and are expected to be charged next week.

Police also reported that shortly before 9 p.m., DEU officers searched a property on Williams Drive, off Cowpen Road and discovered 26 crocus sacks and a cooler behind the building.

Six-hundred and fifty-six pounds of marijuana was discovered.

Police said the estimated value of the drugs was $656,000.

No arrests were made in connection that seizure.

According to statistics released by the Royal Bahamas Police Force this week, authorities seized more than 10,200 pounds of marijuana and over 8,400 marijuana plans in 2018.

In 2017, police seized over 17,000 pounds of marijuana and uncovered more than 16,200 marijuana plants.