US$40m ganja stash found
Law-enforcement officials said that more than US$40 million worth of marijuana had been discovered during a joint operation involving the US Drug Enforcement Administration and the Royal Bahamas Police Force Drug Enforcement Unit on the weekend.
An official statement yesterday described the haul as "one of the largest marijuana grow field discoveries in The Bahamas since 2007".
It said that the joint initiative in a secluded area of Eastern Grand Bahamas led to the discovery of 30 large marijuana fields with plots containing more than 50,000 marijuana plants ranging in height from one to 11 feet tall.
"Ammunition was also discovered at the site. The plants, which have an estimated street value of US$40 million, were destroyed onsite by law-enforcement agents," the brief statement said, adding that "this latest effort reaffirms the United States and The Bahamas shared commitment in the fight against illicit drugs and drug trafficking".
It gave no indication as to whether anyone had been detained as a result of the discovery.