The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) today confirmed the large seizure of illegal drugs with an estimated street value of $500,000, following a raid at the east end of the island.

The drugs seized include heroin, cannabis, crack cocaine and powder cocaine, in what was termed a “recent exercise”, with no official word on when exactly the raid occurred or where.

In a statement released this afternoon, a BPS spokesman said a suspect was arrested in connection with the drug raid who was subsequently released on police bail. A court appearance is expected in due course.

Detective Chief Inspector Sherwin Joseph, of the Special Investigations Department, said in a post published on the police Facebook page: “This seizure has prevented these drugs from being sold on the street and jeopardising the safety and wellbeing of our community.

It’s no secret the proceeds of drugs sales are used to further criminal activity through the funding of, among other things, the purchasing of illegal firearms and ammunition,” he added.

We commend the officers involved for their diligence in effecting this seizure and remind the public that they can assist us in putting an end to criminal activity by calling 211 and providing information.”

Information can also be given on the Bermuda Police Service community reporting portal at https://portal.police.bm, or on the confidential Crime Stoppers hotline on 800-8477.

Meanwhile, investigations into this matter continues.