MIAMI, Sept 29,CMC – The United States Coast Guard says a joint operation with the Royal Bahamian Police Force Drug Enforcement Unit and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), known collectively as Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT),seized 67 bales of marijuana on Little Farmer’s Cay in the Exuma island chain of the Bahamas.
The Coast Guard said the seizure, the second in a week, has a wholesale value is in excess of US$2 million. The seizure, made this week is “a direct result of coordinated US and Bahamian counter-narcotics effort, known as Operation Lion Fish.
The drug was discovered in a hidden cache on a remote cay and totaled 2,307 pounds, the Coast Guard said.
Following the discovery, a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew deployed from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, transported the contraband to Bahamian law enforcement authorities in Nassau.
Four suspects were also taken into custody during the seizure.
“The OPBAT team continues to protect both Bahamian and US citizens from the dangers of illegal drug trade,” said Commander Mark Driver, director of Coast Guard OPBAT.
“This drug seizure reinforces the importance of continued cooperation between the US Drug Enforcement Administration, US Coast Guard, and Royal Bahamas Police Force to combat illegal narcotic trafficking through the Bahamas,” he added.
OPBAT is a combined DEA, Coast Guard and Government of Bahamas partnership to combat drug smuggling to and from the Bahamas.