By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
TWO Abaco men and one Grand Bahama man were arrested in connection with the discovery and seizure of $70,000 worth of cocaine, in addition to firearms and ammunition.
Assistant Superintendent of Police Stephen Rolle said the incident occurred on Friday evening in East Grand Bahama.
According to reports, shortly after 6pm, officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Intelligence Unit conducted a joint operation in the area of McLean’s Town.
ASP Rolle said officers were conducting surveillance when they saw three men get out of a small vessel and get into a white van.
He said while officers pursued the vehicle, they observed the driver throwing a red and black backpack out of the driver’s window into nearby bushes.
ASP Rolle said the vehicle eventually came to a stop and the three suspects were taken back to the area where they had thrown the backpack.
He said officers searched the area in their presence and recovered the backpack.
Five packages of suspected cocaine and two pistols, a 9mm pistol along with four live rounds of 9mm ammunition and a .45 pistol along with nine live rounds of .45 ammunition was found in the backpack.
Mr Rolle said the suspects, two male residents of Cooper’s Town, Abaco, and one male resident of McLean’s Town were arrested and taken into police custody.
He said the suspected cocaine weighed 11.5lbs and has an estimated street value of $70,000.
ASP Rolle said investigations are continuing into the matter.