Nearly four dozen people on Grand Bahama are in police custody following a multi-agency operation led by the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF), which the force said, uncovered a number of illegal weapons, ammunition and dangerous drugs.
Police said ‘Operation Northern Strike’, which was led by Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Samuel Butler and ACP Clayton Fernander, commenced shortly after 1:00 a.m. Tuesday.
According to police, 51 persons were taken into police custody for various offences.
Reports indicate that the operation uncovered four firearms, a quantity of ammunition and the seizure of a large quantity of dangerous drugs and cash.
The effort is said to have included the police and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) along with international partners namely, Homeland Security Investigation, U.S Coast Guard, U.S Customs Border Protection and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
This is the second major operation carried out this week by the RBPF on Grand Bahama.
According to police reports, officers seized over US$1 million and over $60,000 worth of dangerous drugs in the South Bahamia community on Grand Bahama on Monday.
Police say two persons were taken into custody following that operation.
RBPF confirmed that both operations are consistent with the Commissioner’s Policing Plan, which speaks to the prevention and reduction of crime throughout various communities in The Bahamas.
Drugs seized on Eleuthera
Eleuthera Division officers, acting on information, said they seized a quantity of drugs during the early morning hours Monday.
Officer said they went to a busy area on the northern side of Rock Sound settlement shortly after 5:00 a.m., where they discovered a field with approximately 55 marijuana plants.
Police said a short while later, an adult male came to the field and was seen tending the plants.
He was taken into custody and the plants were confiscated.
The male is expected to be formally charged later this week.
Firearms recovered on New Providence
Police in New Providence also recovered two illegal firearms shortly after 1:00 p.m. Monday.
In the first incident, North Eastern and South-Central Division officers said they carried out a joint operation in the area of Whites Addition off Kemp Road.
Reports indicate the officers searched an unoccupied building and recovered a .44 Revolver.
Police said a second discovery shortly after 1:00 p.m. was made when Eastern Division officers went to Sampson Street, Nassau Village, where they recovered a .40 Smith and Wesson Pistol.
No one has been arrested in connection with this matter as investigations continue.