Police executed a search warrant earlier today in a joint operation with Customs, Royal Bermuda Regiment and the Coastguard, that saw more than 20 officers descend on a cargo ship in Dockyard.

Officers with police detection dogs boarded the MV Suhar — a giant cement carrier — shortly before 11am.

Coastguard divers were also on the scene inspecting the hull of the ship, which was moored across from the twin silos of Maxcem.

The search was conducted over the course of several hours.

Shortly after several marked and unmarked cars with police on motorcycles were seen rushing towards the west end, video of the raid began circulating via social media this morning.

The Panamanian-registered carrier arrived in Bermuda from Tampico, Mexico.

In a statement released this afternoon, a police spokesman would only say: “Based on information received, the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) and Bermuda Customs Department, assisted by the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coastguard, engaged in a joint operation which involved the execution of a warrant on board a visiting cargo ship Thursday, October 19th, 2023.

“The operation remains ongoing.

“As such, it would not be prudent to provide any further information at this time.“