A joint operation involving the Bermuda Police Service (BPS) and HM Customs netted an estimated $2.9 million worth of controlled drugs, including MDMA (ecstasy), shatter and cannabis.

The raid, conducted last week on Thursday, June 22, also resulted in the arrest of a 45-year-old man.

A police spokesperson said the BPS Drugs Unit was called in on ‘Operation Porcini’ when Customs Officers “intercepted a shipment found to contain the controlled drugs”.

“The drugs seized had an estimated street value of $2.9 million BDA,” the spokesperson added.

“Officers from the BPS Tactical Division and Drugs Unit, led by Detective Inspector Barker, later arrested a 45-year-old man, and executed search warrants at properties in Pembroke and St George’s in relation to this matter.”

Acting Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph, who is currently in charge of the Crime Division, stated: “This is a significant seizure, which has prevented a substantial amount of controlled drugs from being distributed into our community.

“The drug ecstasy, in particular, can cause severe impairment and permanent brain damage. In some cases, ecstasy use can lead to stroke, heart attack and death.

“We will continue to work tirelessly with H.M. Customs to identify and disrupt the importation, sales and distribution, of illicit drugs.

“The success of Operation Porcini demonstrates the effectiveness of our joint efforts and unwavering determination to keep our community safe.”

It was also noted that no further information will be released at this time as investigations into this incident continue.