Three Bermudians detained over $13m drug bust
Three Bermudians have been detained by the US Coast Guard after a yacht with cannabis valued at $13 million on board was intercepted in the Caribbean.
The incident happened on December 13, but was only revealed this morning by police in Bermuda.
A Police spokesman said: “On Monday December 13, the United States Coast Guard intercepted a 34ft Bermuda-owned and registered sloop in international waters in the Caribbean, as a result of a joint operation between RCC Bermuda, HM Customs Bermuda, Bermuda Police Service and other law enforcement agencies in the USA.
“The vessel had sailed from Bermuda on November 16 with a crew of three Bermudians on board at which time its stated destination was the Caribbean. At the time of its interception it appeared to have been leaving the Caribbean area.
“Upon searching the vessel, a significant quantity of cannabis and cannabis resin was discovered on board. Initial estimates of the street value in Bermuda of the illegal drug are in excess of $13 million.
“The vessel has been seized by the Coast Guard and the three Bermudian crew members detained. When jurisdictional rights have been agreed upon, the crew is expected to face prosecution, possibly in the USA, whereupon HM Customs and the Bermuda Police Service will continue to provide all necessary support.”