Multiple Arrests & $600,000 In Drugs Seized

January 13, 2020 | 16 Comments

Customs officers detained two U.S. nationals at the airport on suspicion of drug trafficking and investigations also led to the arrest of a local couple on related offences, and the drugs seized in this matter have a street value of $600,000.

This was one of the matters discussed as the Bermuda Police Service held a press conference this afternoon to provide information on recent policing initiatives.

The BPS said, “At a 12:15pm press conference today outside Hamilton Police Station, Detective Chief Inspector Grant Tomkins and Detective Inspector Derek Berry spoke to the media about recent proactive policing initiatives.

“Highlights:

  • “Arrests have been made in connection with the armed robbery of a Four Star delivery man, with one of the suspects appearing in court this morning.
  • “Police officers provided a visible presence at a number of functions, licenced premises and sporting events over the weekend to deter any incidents of disorder.
  • “Over the 3 day period [since Friday], officers arrested 27 individuals for various offences including robbery, wounding, burglary, money laundering and drug trafficking matters – as well as numerous outstanding warrants.
  • “On Friday, 10th January 2020 Bermuda Customs officers detained two U.S. citizens, a male and female, at L. F. Wade International Airport for drug trafficking. They were later arrested by police, as well as a local couple. All 4 individuals have been interviewed by detectives regarding conspiracy to import drugs. The drugs seized have an approximate street value of $600,000 and investigations continue.”

In providing more information on the drug seizure, a police spokesperson said, “On Friday 10th January, 2020, Bermuda Customs officers detained two U.S. nationals at LF Wade International Airport on suspicion of trafficking controlled drugs.

“The male & female couple were subsequently arrested by detectives from the BPS Specialist Investigations Drugs Unit, with multiple heat sealed packages discovered in their luggage.

“Investigations also led to the arrest of a local couple on related offences, with the seizure of approximately $10,000 in suspected proceeds of criminal conduct. All four persons have been interviewed by detectives in regards to a conspiracy to import controlled drugs.

“The value of the drugs seized in this matter has a street value of USD$600,000. Investigations into this matter continue.

“With a recent seizure from the private jet facility on 21st December late last year, the combined value of these two events was USD$2.5 million.

“The importation of drugs into the island directly feeds & supports organised criminal activity, and the Bermuda Police Service is committed to its’ efforts to deny criminals the proceeds of criminal activity & stopping local organised crime from such benefit.

“If you have any information regarding organised criminal activity including the importation and sale of drugs, we urge you to contact our detectives in the Drugs Unit on 295-0011 – or alternatively you can contact Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.”

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  1. Vortex says:

    Nice work BPS!
    Keep it up please, the public are behind you.

    • Truth says:

      This was all Bermuda Customs.

      Private Jet bust BDA Customs + the couple arrested at airport BDA Customs. Stop fooling the public and give credit where credit is due.

    • Topaz says:

      I agree

  2. Agreed.
    Do continue on, B.P.S., in nabbing these crooked individuals from another country. Well done!

    • saud says:

      ” nabbing these crooked individuals from another country.”

      You forgot to mention the two locals they nabbed…were they your children?

    • Question says:

      And I’m sure you’re glad they arrested two Bermudians who violently attacked and robbed the pizza delivery man.

    • bluenose says:

      Your xenophobia is on full display again I see. Would you be okay with someone in England saying a similar thing about the Bermudians who have committed crime in the UK?

  3. Whistling Frog says:

    Great place for a press conference….

  4. andre says:

    The reported value of the drugs mean absolutely nothing! What drugs were seized and how much did they weigh. Don’t trust BPS to report values accurately. Sorry!

    • Joe Bloggs says:

      The type and amount of drugs were reported in the 2 separate stories. This is a summary (and publicity stunt).

      The value of the drugs is the end “street value”, not the amount paid by the importer. The use of “street value” of drugs started over 20 years ago and is now an accepted way of reporting.

  5. To the POLICE, You know where every Crack House is in Bermuda , yet their doors remain open everyday ,all day WHY? You can walk five minutes in any direction in Bermuda and buy drugs , WHY ? On the street we see everyday, some drug sellers get picked up , while others are left selling . Just an observation . Are we still paying our informers with Drugs ? Before you break down my door, check out some of the ways how drugs might be coming in Bermuda , i.e. frozen foods , furniture , dirty baby dippers , wheel chairs , Priest-yes Priest ,car engines ,empty air tanks dropped at sea , cement boats, oil boats, Known packages that we just allow to come in,etc, etc . Drugs are traded everyday in Bermuda . Its not a mystery how it works . If we say it doesn’t exist than we are to just accept it , but I like you see the affects in the lives of many of my family members and friends .

    • Katy Brash says:

      Rodney Smith.

      You have nailed it.

      I’m in Chicago which is a circus already but this is ridiculous.

    • saud says:

      “To the POLICE, You know where every Crack House is in Bermuda , yet their doors remain open everyday ,all day WHY?”

      You know why, we all know why.

  6. Making sense says:

    It is import that the Police stay on top of crime and illegal or unlawful behaviour. But, for all these arrests and police action, why is it that I did not encounter one sobriety check over the Christmas period? Is it me or are the questions to be asked about hot serious an issue DUtI is? I still cannot fathom the nonsense of giving notice or informing the public of parishes where checks are to be made. I drive taxi, so I am on the road every night when I assume most of the driving offenses occur.

  7. Kathy says:

    Let’s face it, we are a drug abusing society! Most Caribbean islands export drugs to the US…we import them! The ones that bear the responsibility for the decline of our society and increase in crime are the end users of those drugs some of whom are very wealthy doctors and lawyers and other “upstanding” members of our society!

  8. Jerry says:

    Great to get this scum off the streets

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