Police today confirmed a major drug bust last week, involving a private jet, the seizure of a sizeable quantity of cannabis and the subsequent arrest of nine people, including a Senior Customs Officer.

The joint operation by the Bermuda Police Service (BPS), Drugs Unit, assisted by the Financial Crime Unit, Criminal Investigation unit and the Tactical Division, took place on Wednesday, April 19th.

The confirmation released today (April 24), came five days after it was first reported by TNN on April 20th, the day after the drug raid occurred.

Two vehicles were intercepted with people who arrived on island via the Executive Jet Facility at the LF Wade International Airport.

A subsequent search of the individuals and their luggage netted cannabis with an estimated street value of more than $14 million BDA.

A number of search warrants were executed for private residences in Warwick, Southampton, Hamilton Parish and Pembroke as a result of ‘Operation FURUD’.

Acting Detective Superintendent, Sherwin Joseph, Officer In Charge of the Crime Division said: “This seizure, has led to the dismantling of a major drug trafficking ring and left Bermuda a much safer place. The BPS is well aware that efforts such as this, aimed at trafficking drugs into the island, often involve the illegal importation of firearms and other contraband. We will continue to work with our partners at our ports of entry, to strengthen existing security controls, and protect our community.”

No further information will be provided at this time. The BPS Drugs Unit continues investigations into this incident.

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