Crime report: Drug seizures, firearm arests

Crime report: Drug seizures, firearm arests

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Crime-fighting strategies implemented by the Royal Bahamas Police Force resulted in the arrest of five people for firearm possession and the removal of dangerous drugs on Exuma and New Providence in separate incidents.

Acting on information while on Exuma, a joint operation was launched by OPBAT which included the US Coast Guard, DEA, RBDF, DEU and the Marine Division Preliminary shortly after 1.25pm.

The team was conducting a surveillance exercise in the settlement of Forest, Exuma, which resulted in officers discovering a large garbage bag containing suspected marijuana near a trailer.

No arrest was made during this incident.

Police said in a second incident on New Providence, shortly after 10am, officers acting on information proceeded to a residence on First Street, Coconut Grove, on Wednesday.

According to reports, as the officers approached the residence, two men attempted to flee into the rear of the dwelling but were unsuccessful in their escape.

A search was conducted which resulted in an undisclosed quantity of drugs being found in a bedroom.

Both men were arrested and taken into custody.

Police also reported the removal of two firearms from the streets of New Providence.

In the first incident, sometime after 12pm, officers from the Mobile Division were on routine patrol on Canary Terrace off Beatrice Avenue, when the occupants of a black Honda Accord aroused their suspicion.

The vehicle was stopped and a search was conducted, resulting in the discovery of a black handgun containing two unfired rounds of ammunition. Both men were arrested.

In the second incident, shortly after 3.30pm, officers from the Operations Unit while on patrol in the Hope Gardens community noticed the occupants of a pink Nissan March that aroused their suspicion.

The vehicle was stopped and a search was conducted, resulting in the discovery of a black Bersa 9mm pistol containing seven unfired rounds of ammunition.

Two women and one man were arrested and taken into custody.