1,200lbs marijuana are seized by police

POLICE on New Providence have seized more than 1,200 pounds of suspected marijuana in two separate incidents on Wednesday and took two men into custody. The combined street value of the drugs is more than $1m.

In the first incident, according to reports, shortly after 8pm, Drug Enforcement Unit officers acting on intelligence went to a residence on St Bart’s Road, Golden Gates, where they met a man standing near a white van. Upon seeing the officers, the man ran from the yard and escaped.

Officers searched the van and recovered 19 sacks and one taped package with suspected marijuana, weighing 545 pounds, with an estimated street value of $545,000. Two men who were also at the residence were taken into custody. They are expected to appear before a judge next week to be formally charged.

In the second incident, according to reports, shortly before 9pm, DEU officers acting on information, conducted a search of a property at Williams Drive off Cowpen Road and and discovered 26 sacks and one cooler containing 656 pounds of suspected marijuana behind a building.

The drugs have an estimated street value of $656,000. No arrest was made in this incident.

Meanwhile, two people were arrested in Abaco after police discovered 60 potted marijuana plants this week.

According to reports, shortly after 1pm on Tuesday, police and immigration officers, acting on information, went to an area off Ernest Dean Highway where they found a number of stolen items and 10 pots of suspected marijuana plants, about one to three feet in height.

ASP Terecita Pinder reported that the officers arrested a 46-year-old Jamaican woman who was discovered in the area.

She said that a short time later, during a further search of the area, officers discovered 50 marijuana plants about one to four feet in height. As a result, police arrested a 44-year-old Bahamian man of Dundas Town who was also found in the area.

According to ASP Pinder, the plants have an estimated street value of $30,000.

Investigations are ongoing.