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Cocaine Smugglers' $1.6m Cargo

By Ricardo Wells

POLICE yesterday confirmed the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) uncovered a total of 107 kilograms of suspected cocaine during a major drug bust in Inagua over the weekend.

The drugs are valued at an estimated $1.6m.

According to initial reports, the drugs were discovered during a search of a Haitian freighter vessel docked in Inagua, en route to Grand Bahama.

Superintendent Jamuel Ferguson, commander of the DEU, on Sunday confirmed five people, including the boat captain, were arrested and taken into custody.

Superintendent Ferguson, at that time, indicated the drugs were hidden in a concealed compartment of the vessel.

The drug bust came several days after police uprooted more than 10,000 marijuana plants on Andros.

The seizures were made in two separate incidents after the discovery of two large cannabis fields in Owens Town, North Andros.

The first discovery, of over 8,000 plants, was made around 1pm on Wednesday.

DEU agents returned to the area the next day around noon and discovered a second field, where they uprooted an estimated 2,300 marijuana plants.

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