$14.6 Million Worth Of Drugs Seized In 2012

February 26, 2013 | 56 Comments

The 2012 Crime Statistics released today [Feb 26] show there was over 500lbs of illegal drugs seized last year, with an estimated street value exceeding $14 million.

An estimated total of 247.4kg [545.4lbs] of controlled drugs with an estimated street value of $14.6 million was seized in 2012. Cannabis was the most common drug, with 235.4kg [519lbs] seized at a value of $11.8 million.

“The level of cannabis is unusual and is related to the seizure of a substantial amount of cannabis from the Front Street dock in November 2012,” the report said.

Drug seizures by location & quarter:

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“By comparison, in 2011 160.9kg [345.7lbs] of cannabis was seized with a value of $8 million,” noted the report. “Cocaine was the next most common drug seized in 2012 with 10.5kg [23.14lbs] seized with a value of $2.5 million.”

The type, weight, value & location of the drugs seized in 2012 is shown below, click to enlarge:

2012 drug seizures charts

The majority of drugs seized in 2012 were at street level [379] while there were 148 seizures at ports [including LF Wade Airport] and 4 overseas seizures which involved overseas law enforcement agencies.

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  1. derp says:

    519lbs of weed was confiscated, yet everyone is still smoking. They probably confiscated less than 15% of what came in.

    Instead of raising taxes and the prices of traffic tickets, just catch up with the times Bermuda. There is money to be earned on this petty little harmless plant.

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    • Micro says:

      Streets are dry right now kiddy.

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    • Y-Gurl says:

      There is a therom that about 15% of the seized drugs somehow make it back on the streets, wonder how that happens? and if the BPS are again congratulating themseves then that seized percentage of the total drugs coming into Bermuda is tiny and a false scale if includes the drugs on guys boat broke down and was towed to Bermuda, this was hardly attributed to police work, congratulations do however go to the ever improving job being done by HM Customs and without their detection skills the BPS would have very very little to report and the numbers on the chart would be in the single digits.

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  2. Sorry Sir says:

    So that's why Ganja prices have skyrocketed

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  3. Orbit says:

    Let de herb out!

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  4. fox_gap3 says:

    R.I.P ganja may you leaves rest in peace <3

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  5. Limey says:

    If only the govt could sell these drugs to another country and get 14.6 million dollars and help pay down the debt! instead these drugs will be burnt, flushed etc and their price is worthless!

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  6. I always smile when I think of these statistics,i remember a former top cop doing an interview almost 5 years ago and he told of how much drugs he believed was getting into the island.

    My point is that this amount would be viewed to some as a drop in the bucket, when in reality it is not even a drop because the total amount according to top dogs makes that amount evaporate befor it hits the bucket,so what that tell you.

    No way that a large amount of productivity can take place in a small 24 mile dot and authorities on some level or the other dont have their hand in the pot,or just maybe me dropping out of school at 14 I became more stupid then I thought.

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    • Tyrone says:

      And you are basing your confusing and difficult to read post on exactly what data??

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    • Limey says:

      I used to have a mate who lived down hungry bay and you could look out at the water most nights and see people up to no good rowing into the bay with black sacks, they phoned the police but they never came and weren't interested, slice of the pie me thinks!

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      • Tyrone says:

        I do not believe that for a nanosecond......

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        • Limey says:

          What don't you believe that people were bringing in drugs on boats at night, or that the police weren't interested?

          Drugs are brought into this island by 1) airplanes and 2) cruise ships/other boats.

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      • Herbs mon says:

        Ay limey... your the stupidest person in the world no joke..... u must have bin born yesterday.. do people look at u weird wen u talk? Cuz you say anything... jus stop okay no one believes anything u have to say youve lost all respect from that comment ...from your friend big foot...#idiot

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        • Limey says:

          Nah mate I'm not the stupid person, because I'm not the prat who spends ridiculous amounts of money on over inflated poor quality weed, coke, heroin, etc. i dont have never done illegal drugs! The idiots are the ones like you who are looking behind the cushions on the sofa to get enough money to buy a 1/8 bag of bush weed or your next fix of methadone/heroin. Then realise that the friends you invited over for a smoke, actually arent your friends as they smoked you all out and didnt chip in to help pay for the bag! Ring any bells? Lol

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        • Limey says:

          I'm also not the idiot who buys drugs off of gangs, who then use the money to buy guns, and then wonder why my brother or cousin was shot!

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          • Bermy says:

            Hence we should legalise/decriminalize and take the black market out of the equation.

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          • Tommy Chong says:

            Not everyone who sells cannabis is wankster affiliated. The majority who get busted in Bermuda have no ties to wanksters so when the bps take them out of business they allow the gangs to corner the market.

            There is one wankster crew that never runs out of their supply no matter how many bust are done. Just some food for thought.

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  7. O says:

    Docks messin with the program

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  8. backbush says:

    looks like some body pocket's is going be to be good and fat. do you think for one second that all the drugs get's burned what a waste of money that would be now

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  9. Terrible Stats says:

    These stats are terrible, more specifically the low seizure rates at the ports of entry. Where there are drugs coming in, there are guns coming in. Look at the guy in court for sending a half million dollars out using Western Union. That half million would be, at the very least, worth triple that amount once it reaches Bermuda. Customs, the police, other agencies and the powers that be need to take a tougher stand on drugs. What would be interesting is seeing the individual weights of each seizure that were seized at the ports. Clearly, there is a lot of 'product' getting through the ports if you can have so many gang members working the streets, selling and making enough money to be able to flash all over the place. The police and customs get a grade of F for fail in the area of keeping drugs off of the streets. On such a small Island with two main points of entry, the task is not very hard.

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  10. Huh? says:

    These stats are pretty lame. Of the total weight of drugs, 545lbs, 519lbs was marijuana. That represents approximately 95% of the weight in seizures. Looking at price, marijuana represents $11.8 million of $14.6 million, representing approximately 81%.

    There are those that are for marijuana and those against it; the arguments are endless. However, factually speaking, the effects of cocaine, heroin, and other hard drugs far outweigh the negatives associated with marijuana. Yet, look at the percentage of marijuana that was intercepted in comparison to all the other drugs. I do realize that throughout the world marijuana is usually highest on the list, but 95% of the weight and 81% of the price, to me, that's just way too much.

    Please police, focus on intercepting crack, heroin, cocaine and the rest, and stop wasting my tax dollars on fighting weed. I am much more afraid of a crackhead with a gun then a pothead!

    And government, please update our archaic laws as regards to marijuana. There is a middle ground that can be achieved. I for one support full legalization, however, there are some that oppose this. I can live with that, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs. But decriminalization and allowing people to grow their own is a first step.

    To those who oppose marijauna, good for you. Don't start using it. But do not put your non-scientific based propaganda on others. The data is out there for all to see. I wouldn't say that marijuana is harmless, afterall it is a psychoactive substance, just like alcohol. But it is a personal health choice that affects no one accept the user, unless the person is high all day everyday, then that is a problem that they might want to sort out, just like someone that is drunk all day everyday.

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  11. Huh? says:

    And I did see where the marijuan rate was inflated due to a large seizure at the docks, but even looking at the previous year marijuana weight was at 347 lbs, which still represents a high proportion. I want to see more crack, coke, and heroin getting intercepted, as opposed to so much weed.

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    • Bermy says:

      The only reason marijuana seizures are so high is the fact you need a large weight in comparison to say coke/heroin to gain the same profit margin, therefore making the smuggling harder and it also smells to high hell (if its decent herb). This island is awash with cocaine and heroin, literally. Why does the government allow people to buy a licence to grow unto 5 cannabis plants on there personal (or with landlords consent) property for personal consumption? It will have an economic knock on effect......growing aids, fertiliser, lights in other areas of the economy. For everyone else 8 Amsterdam coffeeshop style licences should be made available for x amount of money. 4 in Hamilton, 2 in the west and 2 in the east. They should be permitted to sell cannabis (no more than 3.5 grams/an eighth of an ounce) to Adults over the age of 21 who show id at he time of the transaction. Said cannabis shall be source either locally from licences towers or from government sanctioned sources. Smoking marijuana in the open public should be regulated and dealt with ( In Amsterdam you can't legally smoke anywhere willy nilly) and it should be law that consumption must take place on a licences property or the comfort of private property. CHACHING! Dolo! Lets make some money, create some jobs, give tourism a much needed jab, give the local economy an even better jab and possibly be one of the nations that set an ever growing precedent. Let the BPS stop stretching there already lacking funds and focus on the real crime and drugs that ruin societies. Let the tourists flock to a little slice of liberal heaven in heaven, but while being ADULTS and respectful. Hey its just a thought.

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  12. M.P. MOUNTBATTEN JP says:

    Singapore has the right idea when it comes to drugs !

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    • Tommy Chong says:

      Really! Then why does Singapore still have addicts & dealers? After beating the crap out of all the addicts & dealers one would think it would be a successful deterrent? That is one who has never seen an experiment done with a rat addicted to hard drugs that will keep touching the button that zaps them with an electric charge just because their drug of choice is administered. Singapore has one of the most idiotic drug laws of all countries thats why amnesty international is always investigating them. I suppose you think that someone should go to the salvation army with a baton & beat the residents there with it?

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  13. Opressed says:

    Those numbers are a drop in the ocean.

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  14. Herbs mon says:

    No weed on the streets n you wanna put up this article fi@# this is some bullsh?t f#@% the oba ever since u bit$# a%$ oba people bin in power the system is f#@&ed up.

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    • Bermy says:

      Glad to see the government school system taught you how to spell poppa, and its got nothing to do with the OBA, it has to do with the greedy b@st@rds sitting on the weight and the seasonal drought we always see before summer starts up.

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    • derp says:

      You, my stupid friend, is the reason why people think those who smoke are idiots. You do not help the cause one bit.

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  15. Bermy says:

    Should say $14.6 MILLION dollars of tax revenue lost!

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  16. dread 1love says:

    f#@k the OBA this is why the crime rate is going up let da sh!t thru yo dunkley stop acting allll up tight n do what yh gotta do

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    • Tommy Chong says:

      It's not dunkley's fault or the oba its the idiots who claim parkside, mob, 42nd & the other wannabe wanksters who have brought the heat on. If it wasn't because of these freaks shooting each other all over the island bps & customs wouldn't be franticly trying to look like they are doing their job to appease the frightened citizens. If these goofballs were real gangsters & there so called lieutenants knew how to run things & call shots they wouldn't be taking shots at people for petty ish bringing the heat down.

      Then again someone who is a conspiracy theorist would say look at the one wankster crew that gets away with doing dirt. Seems like someone is helping them take control of the market island someone with enough pull to remain illusive.

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  17. AVUNAYE WA 'KIFO says:

    Bernews would it be asking too much to ask us posters to post
    the english translation alongside F#@k. *&%#% etc?

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  18. Nuffin but de Truth! says:

    ya'll all talkin sh!t cos of the sh!t for brains ya'll have!

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  19. Will says:

    people we must start a growing revolution...start spreading seeds on sidewalks and in hedges, they cant keep destroying it all and will have to come to their senses. Show them that we can grow our own and we dont want to give any money to criminals...why wouldnt the government want that!?

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    • Bermy says:

      Now I like your thinking. Its a weed, it grows anywhere, in almost any climate, and almost any soil. it does this for a reason! Easy propagation and growth. And for all those that read and follow the bible it even gets a good rep in that;

      Genesis 1:29 - And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

      Bless up Bermy. I voted for change.......ALL ROUND!

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  20. foolishness says:

    519lbs of weed 11.8 million...sure..I want to know where they get these numbers... 519 lbs sold in quaters for $150. is just under 5million..

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  21. law makers says:

    This revenue could have been stimulating the economy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I kid, I kid....lol

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  22. Xman says:

    Yet people are still getting high!
    Those figures must for amusement sakes. 500lbs
    Now were did the other half go.

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  23. bermy guy says:

    free d herb let it grow

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  24. Like every sector in the economy, Bermuda needs to get up to speed with the rest of the world and stop putting Marijuana on such a pedestal. By taking it away we unconsciously increase the leverage and power that the gangbangers have. The livelihoods that literally depend on the cash crop (i.e. gangbangers) will find a way to get it in and when they do, they can charge X amount more. This is economics 101, when demand outweighs supply the power and price ceiling will be dictated by those with X amount of supply (i.e. gangbangers). Our economy is at an all time low yet our gang activity is booming and to boom you need money, think about it.

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  25. Tommy Chong says:

    Am I the only one who finds it a bit odd that there is a major difference in the amount of cocaine seized compared to cannabis even though crack is highly addictive & has a high that only last for a few minutes before the user goes back into withdrawal? Especially since there are so many crackheads in Bermuda.

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  26. Will says:

    if you really want to know who's letting drugs in look no further than the people who check your customs declaration form then decide whether or not you go for search or get let out..they ultimately hold the power especially if dogs aren't present.

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  27. ROCKafeller says:

    How did they value these?

    Cocaine 2459907 / 10468 = $234.99 per gram
    Crack 115575 / 370 = $312.36 per gram
    Heroin 236850 / 887 = $267.02 per gram
    cannabis11770690/ 235414 = $50.00 per gram

    Other than Cannabis, the valuations seem ridiculous - there is no way a crack addict is paying $300 a gram!! The crack is valued more then Cocaine?!! Also why would they release figures about the weights of Marijuana plants - they should just state the number of plants they found (possibly stratified by indoor/outdoor and/or vegetative/flowering stage)...Either way the Q1 and Q2 figures indicating some sort of seasonal trend means we need the cruise ships to end our supposed drought.

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