Photos: Latvian Sailor’s $48 Million Drug Haul

June 8, 2012

Officials have released photos of the seized items after a Latvian sailor charged with being in possession of $48 million worth of cocaine, a gun and ammunition was found guilty yesterday [June 7].

29-year-old Janis Zegelis sailed to Bermuda from Trinidad arriving in July 2011, and was arrested on August 1, after Customs officials searched his boat while it was docked in the St George’s area.

During the trial, Mr Zegelis said he was paid to sail the boat from Trinidad to Latvia by a Russian man, and had not intended to come to Bermuda, however diverted to the island after experiencing problems with his sailboat saying he discovered the cocaine in a compartment on the boat after a few days at sea.

He was in possession of 165kg [363lbs] of cocaine valued at $48 million, a 9mm Beretta, 192 rounds of ammunition and two extended magazines. Mr Zegelis faces a lengthy prison sentence, which will be handed down at a later date.

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  1. Bermywan says:

    So where does all this blow go?

    • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

      You know there are some crackheads out there right now plotting on how to get to that stash …lmmfao

  2. Not Quite says:

    All im saying is if this was going to Russia, you better believe someone in the mafia there was getting it. It would be in our best interest to send it to Russia, get it out of this island, off our hands, because there is a reason the US do not mess with Russia …..or Korea for the matter.

    • Joonya says:

      Mate that was the exact thing I was thinking. Send him and his cargo crackin!

    • jusayin says:

      i’m with u there mate. the last thing we want is some russians coming this way lookin for their blow.

      • BS24 says:

        I agree! Doesn’t make sense keeping him here so we have to pay for him. Let him go about his business!

  3. Tolerate says:

    There is a responsibility to the world for all judicial systems to operate lawfully to the full extent of the law as on the books of that country. With that said, if his home country is willing to allow him to serve whatever punishment he receives there; than all the better for Bermuda. However punishment must be delivered. Because Bermuda is in debt, and it will cost us to house him we should sent him on his merry way? This guy was smuggling drugs that could kill and F@ck people’s lives up! End of story. Because he was not coming here things should change. He wants a break; he should have dump the sh!t before he got within our water. Does the U.S. not have the responsibility to deal with the Bermudians who said their drugs were not for sale in the U.S. and they were coming here? I’m guessing future drug smugglers would see Bermuda as a stopover if we head down that Path. When do you think they would not than try to test Bermudas market?
    We have a responsibility to perform our duty as a law-abiding nation regardless of the cost. Hopefully the deal comes off and he serves time in his home country.

  4. Oh Mercy says:

    CHINGAS DUN, thats a lot of cocaine! My Auntie couldn’t even snort that much and shuss been doing it for years!

  5. LET THIS GUY GO!! says:

    I am going to let you know that his punishment if set free is gonna much harsher than any sentence Bermuda could ever impose on him ! 48 million dollars worth of cocaine lost! Thats a big loss to even John Gotti when he was in his prime! Being locked up all the way over here in Bermuda is a blessing for this guy right now! Some people would kill a whole neighborhood for that type of money! Somebody somewhere wants to take this guys head clean off right now believe me! So now Bermuda is gonna waste hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to house, clothe and feed this guy from Latvia for years and years and years! Take the cocaine from him and let him go! That’s punishment in it’s self!!! I hope this guy has better protection than any other prisoner in Westgate right now. A 48 million dollar loss can put your life in jeopardy no matter where you are in the world. That person obviously already has some deep pockets to have that much cocaine. People would travel the world looking for you for that type of money! He better hope those people in Latvia don’t read the Royal Gazette cause if they do i feel sorry for him!

  6. Carla Rose Louise Wilkinson says:

    Okay. So worst case scenario. His Russian “contacts” come here to recover their “package” and to kill this Zegelis fella. How in the world would that be dealt with? What’s to stop them from breaching WestGates walls to get to him? Hey, it could happen. I say, send him back to Latvia, along with the cocaine. Get him and the drugs out of here. Kind of scary..

  7. Carla Rose Louise Wilkinson says:

    Are the Bermuda Police Force equipped to deal with that? Are the officers up at the WestGate prepared? Just saying; it could happen. Is anyone thinking like I am?

  8. Owner4Comment says:

    2 ensure knobody profits off of it I’d like to see a video of them destroying it!!!! Because you know one day it’s here then hocus pocus it’s gone then were left wondering how did that magic trick occur!!!!

  9. Not Quite says:

    If somone can take a $48 million dollar loss, they can afford what ever they want on this planet..airplanes, submarines,people, governments……GET HIM OUT OF HERE. Watch the end of the movie traning day , when Denzel encounters the russians he owes money to……end of story…

  10. Carla Rose Louise Wilkinson says:

    @Not Quite: My sentiments exactly. Send him tonight on a private plane…or in the same boat he came here in…

  11. Winnie says:

    Scardy cats, who is scared of the Russians tell them to come and join their Latvian mate up west doing at least 30 years.

  12. Carla Rose Louise Wilkinson says:

    @Owner4Comment: A Video of it being destroyed could fall into the wrong hands. Then this whole island may be in danger. Don’t take this situation too lightly. You never know. $48 Million Dollars that belongs to someone who Mr. Zegelis claims wants to kill him, so what chance do we stand? I say send him back. As for the drugs, send them along with him. Let his own country deal with his mess…

    • Owner4Comment says:

      I’m all for deportation as well but they have no intentions of shipping the drugs off maybe him but far as their concerned those drugs belong to Bermuda since they were salvaged in our waterz so burn them!!! And what you haven’t factored into the equasion is that Bermuda amplifies the value of everything grossly beyond what it’s worth and the value is the chopped down value @ 48 million they said 17 million if sold wholesale so you take that into account and it’s probably not even 10 million worth.

  13. Carla Rose Louise Wilkinson says:

    @Winnie: if the Russians do come, you can do your “Commando” routine on them and save the day…lol

  14. too bad says:

    good lord we have some scariedy-cats here. Sheesh. Stop the melodrama…

  15. Carla Rose Louise Wilkinson says:

    @Too Bad: You never know. Maybe some of us are over-reacting,being melodramatic, etc., but hey, you never know. It has been known to happen in other countries…just because it has yet to happen here, maybe its our turn. Given the amount of drugs, money, lost by parties unknown, who’s to say that they won’t come to get their stuff back, or at least attempt it? Don’t dismiss it, is all I am trying to say..

    • Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

      Any one that dismisses that possibility is jus plain simple and dumb.

  16. Dianne says:

    Ok so the coke and the guy have been here about a year… And you all are just know panicking about Russians coming to get their ish?? The BDA value is about 10x higher than the actual value. Drugs in BDA aint no different from everything else sold retail in this Island!! 300% profit! Lol

  17. Keepin' it Real...4Real! says:

    The Owners probably have already struck a deal to get it back…Here Take $5,000,000…NOW GIMME WHAT’S MINES!!….hahahaah!!

  18. Um Um Like says:

    Ok, I assume the $48m figure is the street value in Bermuda. So how much did it cost to purchase, and what is the street value in Russia?! I’d imagine Bermuda hasn’t seen 81% purity for quite some time now. Does that $48m figure assume it was sold as is, or was cut with something to increase the quantity available for sale?

    As for destroying it or sending it to Russia or Latvia, perhaps its a little too late. Realistically it could have been on the streets for some time now already. How long was this guy chillin on the boat before he had unexpected guests?

  19. Jeff says:

    Can we have some video proof that this will be destroyed, I very much dought it considering the amount of locals snorting the stuff.

  20. M.P.Mountbatten JP says:

    Better he forget about Latvia in this life ; as for the coke , well it could be had diet or regular , it’s your choice .

  21. Therussiansarenotcoming says:

    I am interested to know how the police report 2011

    Could differ from the present accounts of what the media are relaying from the courts of 166kgs of drugs at a cost of 48million compare to the police report of 167.3kg of drugs at a cost of 39.3 million. I wonder where the extra 1.3kg has disappeared?

    I would hope that the governor or the military are present when they burn the drugs because as it has been sitting for nearly a year waiting for this trail which is a long time for a simple close case “the guy had the drugs and he was found with it on him” If some one is found with drugs coming through the airport they are in court that week.

    Took nearly a year to bring the man to court. Lets all gather around and see the drugs burn so we can see what 48 million looks like up in smoke. The Russians are not coming, there was probably 3 other boats going across to Atlantic its a sad fact but when there is a demand then there will be a supply no matter how it gets to far end.