By KHRISNA VIRGIL
Tribune Staff Reporter
SIX Bahamian men were arrested after police discovered in their possession more than 250lbs of marijuana with an estimated street value of $350,000.
According to police reports, the men aged 48, 44, 29, 27, 25 and 23 were taken into custody after a team of officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) went to an area known as the Sand Track opposite St Alban’s Drive, off West Bay Street on Friday evening.
The officers then watched the men gather near a moored 18-foot Boston Whaler.
A short time later, at around 6pm, police searched the vessel and discovered the drugs.
The same day, in a separate incident, authorities said they arrested a 46-year-old man for possession of dangerous drugs. Shortly after 8pm officers from the Southern Division carried out a search warrant at a home located on Fritz Lane.
Once inside, a quantity of marijuana packaged for sale was found.
The men involved in both incidents are expect to face charges in court this week.
Last Thursday, four men were arrested after they were caught with $900,000 worth of marijuana.
As a result, police reported that more than $9m worth of drugs have been seized for the year. With that, authorities speculate that drug dealers have been forced to increase drug prices.
A team of officers from DEU, acting on intelligence, arrested the men - three Bahamians and one Jamaican - off Carmichael Road around 6am.
DEU chief Supt Samuel Butler credited the public for this latest seizure. He said a team had intercepted a white van in the Faith Avenue and Cowpen Road area and discovered 37 packages of marijuana weighing 607 lbs.
He said: “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.”
Last month, DEU officers seized $1.2 million worth of marijuana in Andros. The drugs weighed 1,200 lbs.
A week before, DEU 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.