Police would neither confirm or deny reports reaching Bermuda Real that a female Government MP was called in for questioning on suspicion of money laundering in connection with a major drug investigation.
Reliable sources also informed Bermuda Real that the ongoing investigation that led to the arrest of six people earlier this month, reportedly include a well known local businessman, a senior customs officer and a police officer.
All six suspects were subsequently been released on police bail following the arrests that netted drugs worth $500K, cash, hydroponic gear and illegal dogs.
The sting operation involved five warrants to search private residences in Smith’s Parish, which took place on August 4.
When contacted by Bermuda Real, a police spokesman reiterated his previous statement on behalf of the Bermuda Police Service (BPS).
“As previously indicated, the investigation into this matter is at a sensitive stage, as such no further information will be provided at this time,” he said.
In the initial statement issued last week, Detective Chief Inspector, Sherwin Joseph, of the Specialists Investigations Department, stated: “This operation has disrupted the drug trafficking and money laundering activities of a major drug trafficking ring in Bermuda.”
The sting operation involed “the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) Drugs Unit, assisted by the Serious Crime Unit, Financial Crime Unit and Tactical Division”.
“Several packages containing what are suspected to be controlled drugs cocaine, heroin, ecstacy and cannabis with an estimated street value of $500,000 BDA, were seized, along with cash amounting to more than $25,000 BDA,” the police spokesman added.
“Police also seized two hydroponic systems, designed to grow cannabis indoors, as well as a quantity of high value goods suspected to be acquired from the proceeds of criminality.
“Police, assisted by animal wardens, also removed eight (8) illegal dogs from some of the properties that were searched.”