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Suspected cannabis seized in a major police operation (Photograph supplied)

Almost $2 million in suspected cannabis has been seized, and four people arrested, in a drug bust by police and customs officers.

Officers executed warrants at a Hamilton business as well as homes in Devonshire and Pembroke — seizing a shipping container in the process.

The container yielded what was believed to be cannabis with a street value of $1.9 million.

The police drugs unit was assisted by the financial crime unit and the tactical division.

Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph, who leads the crime division, said that the operation disrupted “the illegal activities of a well-organised crime group here in Bermuda, and has dealt a severe blow to their well-established illegal importation pipeline”.

He thanked HM Customs for its assistance.

Police said that an Island Construction truck was hired to take the container to a secure location for a search.

They made it clear that no one associated with Island Construction was arrested or interviewed in relation to this operation.

Suspected cannabis seized in a major police operation (Photograph supplied)

Mr Joseph added: “The BPS drug unit will continue this investigation, which is now at a critical stage, and no further information will be provided at this time.”

The operation is the latest in a series of high-profile drugs seizures in recent months.

In February, seven people were arrested and suspected drugs and cash as well as illegal dogs were taken in police raids on two houses in Devonshire and Smith’s.

A police sting in November at a Smith’s residence netted drugs with an estimated street value of $1.3 million. Six people were taken into custody.

A police operation dubbed Operation Mortar led to three arrests at locations in Pembroke and St George’s on October 24 after a shipment containing almost 120lb of cannabis was seized.

A significant raid attributed to a “major” drug-trafficking ring was conducted in August, leading to six arrests, followed by another raid in which five were arrested and ammunition, drugs and more than $300,000 in cash were seized.