Alleged smuggling operation foiled


Police and Immigration officers foiled what they believed was a smuggling operation, which resulted in the arrest of three Brazilians and four Haitian nationals and the seizure of suspected marijuana on Monday (June 3).

According to police press officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police and Public Affairs and Communication Officer (PACO) Terecita Pinder, reports are that shortly before 11:00 p.m., RBPF and Immigration officers, in collaboration, acting on information, proceeded in a police vessel to the canal area off Flamingo Lane and Swan Drive, where they boarded a blue and white fishing vessel and apprehended four Haitian nationals and three Brazilian nationals.

Further, law enforcement officers conducted a search of the vessel and uncovered 20lb. of suspected marijuana valued at $20,000.

Investigation continues in this matter.

Meanwhile, three men are in custody after they were arrested by officers of the Mobile Division in connection with dangerous drugs possession and outstanding warrants issued by the Magistrate Court.

Reports are that on Monday, June 3 between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., officers of the Mobile Division while in the Cedar Street area, conducted a road check, where they arrested a number of persons for dangerous drugs possession and outstanding warrants issued by the Magistrate Courts.

In another unrelated incident, two males were arrested in Abaco on conspiracy to import and possession of dangerous drugs. Reports are that on Sunday, June 2 shortly before 3:00 p.m., officers of the Abaco Division acting on information, proceeded to the Marsh Harbour, Cherokee Air Terminal where they arrested a male of Dundas Town, who was found in possession of six lb. of suspected marijuana.

Further investigation resulted in the arrest of another male of Abaco, while at the Grand Bahama International Airport. The value of the suspected marijuana was estimated at $6,000.00.

In other local crime news, Garvin Woodside, who was wanted by the Central Detective Unit in Grand Bahama for assault with a deadly weapon, turned himself in to police on Monday (June 3) after 12:00 p.m.

Police are appealing to anyone with information regarding any crime, no matter how small or insignificant the tip may seem, to anonymously call police at 919 or crime stoppers at 328-tips (8477) New Providence or 1-242-300-8477 for the Family Islands or the Central Detective Unit at 350-3106/12.

The RBPF also took the opportunity to provide hurricane safety tips in preparation for this Atlantic Hurricane Season, which officially began on Saturday, June 1.

Members of the public are advised to – take note of the hurricane shelters in their area, secure all important documents in a waterproof container, be sure to have a first aid kit, medication, flash lights, and a battery-operated radio on hand.

Residents should also secure all loose objects, including lawn furniture, on their property, place pets inside for safe keeping and keep several days’ supply of food and water for each family member. Persons should also refrain from using generators indoors and follow all instructions from local authorities regarding evacuation or other safety procedures.

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