Police raid on Smith’s house brings drug seizures to almost $9m since March
Six people have been arrested, and drugs with an estimated street value of $1.3 million seized, after police raided a Smith’s home yesterday.
Suspected cannabis and heroin were taken from a residence on Collector’s Close, while five men and one woman were arrested.
The operation meant that the estimated value of drugs seized or intercepted by police and customs officers this year was at least $8.8 million.
A police spokesman said that in yesterday’s exercise, a narcotics unit assisted by support officers attended at 1.15pm to execute a warrant as part of an ongoing investigation.
An investigation continues and no further detail was given.
A heavy police presence remained at the home for several hours.
A resident on Collector’s Hill said it was “madness” and added: “All I know is this afternoon there were a lot of police up the hill.
“It looked like some could have been armed. That entire yard was full of police and there was a paddy wagon there as well, so whatever it was, it’s big.”
Arrests in April were said to have disrupted the activities of “a major drug-trafficking ring” after packages containing cannabis were seized, with an estimated street value of $800,000.
Further work to keep drugs off Bermuda’s streets resulted in the seizure of drugs suspected to be cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and cannabis with a street value of $500,000 in August.
Warrants were executed at locations in Pembroke and St George’s in October after a shipment containing almost 120lb of cannabis was seized by HM Customs. The estimated street value was more than $5 million.
Adding the $1.3 million-worth of drugs seized yesterday takes the total estimated value of these hauls to more than $8.8 million.
However, the figure is expected to be even higher as a number of other raids have been publicised by the Bermuda Police Service although a monetary value for the substances seized was not provided.
Officers have also uncovered suspected drugs when carrying out work in other areas such as vehicle checks and traffic stops.