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$900,000 Of Marijuana Seized In Morning Raid

By SANCHESKA BROWN

Tribune Staff Reporter

sbrown@tribunemedia.net

FOUR men are in police custody after they were caught with $900,000 worth of marijuana early yesterday morning.

Police have now seized more than $9m worth of drugs this year and the increased drug busts are leading dealers to raise prices, police said.

A team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), acting on intelligence, arrested the men, three Bahamians and one Jamaican, off Carmichael Road around 6am.

Officer-in-charge of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) Supt Samuel Butler credited the public for this latest seizure.

“The team intercepted a white van in the area of Faith Avenue off of Cowpen Road,” he said. “The van had 37 packages of suspected marijuana weighing approximately 607 pounds. The men, ages 32, 43, 48 and 53 were taken into police custody. This operation was driven by intelligence but mostly we were able to make this bust because of reports from members of the public.”

So far for the year, police have confiscated more than $9 million worth of drugs.

Supt Butler said because of the success in drug seizures the market is shrinking and dealers are increasing the price of drugs.

“I’m not saying that the drugs isn’t still out there, but it is drying up because of the drug busts. Marijuana usually sells for about $1,000 a pound but in the last few weeks or so the price has gone up to $1,500,” he said.

Supt Butler said police do not believe the marijuana was grown locally and was “most likely” imported from Jamaica.

The men who were arrested were inside a vehicle owned by the company MIYA, which has a partnership with the Water and Sewerage Cooperation (WSC) to reduce water losses.

One of the suspects is an employee of the company who had completed an overnight shift which ended at 5am, a statement from MIYA said.  

“Due to the shift patterns currently in place to execute work in the field it is not uncommon for employees to have company vehicles at the conclusion of their shift. MIYA regards this incident as very serious and will cooperate fully with the law regarding the matter,” the company said.

Supt Butler said good police work has resulted in multiple drug busts this year.

Last month, DEU officers seized $1.2 million worth of marijuana in Andros. The drugs weighed 1,200 lbs.

A week before, DEU officers also confiscated $7.5 million in marijuana plants in a field in East Grand Bahama.

There have been several other large drug busts in the country this year.

Supt Butler also credits the frequent seizures to the collaboration between the DEU and the DEA in the United States.

Comments

Thinker 5 years, 4 months ago

Legal there, illegal here, protect the poppy fields over there... It's all so confusing, but sure glad we have laws to tell us what is best for each and every one of us!

So, what you idiots just did was increase demand.

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B_I_D___ 5 years, 4 months ago

Notwithstanding the debate on legalizing marijuana...Gotta take my hats off to the DEU team, they've had some pretty major busts this year...while it is still illegal, they should be given props for taking down as much of it as they have...really kind of scary how much weed is floating around out there, sure this is just the tip of the iceberg!! Only problem is we are seeing mainly marijuana busts...need to bigger fish like cocaine and heroin, etc.

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Thinker 5 years, 4 months ago

Why should we give them props for the prohibition and propaganda against a plant that should be legal for many reasons, particularly the fact that no government should be dictating recreational use or medicinal use and sale of a plant that is so easy to grow and utilize, and incredibly harmless compared to so many legal drugs available? Why is an abundance of illegal marijuana so "scary" anyway? And heroine is not controlled by making it illegal and busting people using it. Seriously, read about modern addiction studies. Users are not criminals.

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B_I_D___ 5 years, 4 months ago

The fact of the matter is that at the present time, it is illegal in our country, it's really that simple. Now, if and when they legalize it, that's a totally different matter, but for now it is illegal and the DEU are actually doing their job and making some decent busts.

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Thinker 5 years, 4 months ago

It's a waste of money and resources. We have a problem with serious crimes in this country, have you noticed?

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B_I_D___ 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeap...crime goes unchecked all around us, comes down to even the most basic of breaking of the laws, take our road traffic, people breaking laws all day long because they know they are not going to get caught, just entrenches it in the minds of those more criminally minded that they can get away with it. Our country is doomed.

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Thinker 5 years, 4 months ago

I know, so many serious crimes against humanity... Those darn people that don't wear seatbelts are really ruining the revenue collection for everyone else. You are confused. It seems you think laws create good people. The cage you are in is solid, do not fear.

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Thinker 5 years, 4 months ago

Any ideas about what might prevent crime other than laws, prisons, hangings? Any?

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B_I_D___ 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah...people stop breeding like damn rabbits and having children they cannot afford to keep or educate, instill values at the family level of honesty and caring, teach our kids what is right and what is wrong and that there are consequences to their actions...that's a start.

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Thinker 5 years, 4 months ago

Or useless revenue collection will pay the fat government bills and keep people labeled as criminals for non-criminal behavior.

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sansoucireader 5 years, 4 months ago

Do you realize that the drug problem is part of the crime problem? Gangs trying to control the movement of drugs through neighbourhoods, this thug stealing from the other thug, drug money buying guns etc. The use of 'icredibly harmless ' marijuana is known to lead to the use of harder drugs. How many lunatics you think are driving these streets under the influence of weed and alcohol? Too many! How can a country advance if everyone is high on their drug of choice, and that includes prescription medicines too.

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sheeprunner12 5 years, 4 months ago

Butler and his DEU men should surely begin to mask their identities ............... these drug cartels may soon react like in Mexico ............ just stating the obvious............

As for the impact........................ they are just intercepting the tip of the iceberg (weed)

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B_I_D___ 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah...not too sure I'd want my face clear as day spread all over the mainstream media in a drug war. Iceberg indeed...just a snowflake on top is what we are seeing!!

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242orgetslu 5 years, 4 months ago

Dis weed gone be on the road in a minute. What i dont understand is why buss niggaz if yall same cops puttin the weed back on the road. Remember that drug buss couple weeks ago with the people who get catch on that airline coming from canada wit all the extacy pills and shit, well dat same weed on the road NOW AS WE SPEAK! Joints gern fa $25 and $75, purple, kush OG and all.....

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jt 5 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for all of your time and effort removing the deadly scourge of marijuana from our streets. Imagine all of the overdoses you've prevented.

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