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Posted by:Oct 1st 2003, 12:36:15 pm
Fig Tree News Team29 September 2003

Nine arrested; aircraft, boat, weapons seized
BY KEVA LIGHTBOURNE GUARDIAN STAFF REPORTER

Nine Bahamian males were arrested on Saturday afternoon after drug enforcement officials were alerted to a $12 million cocaine "airdrop" in the vicinity of Eleuthera.

Police Press Liaison Officer, Superintendent Hulan Hanna, told the Guardian Sunday, that after receiving a call around 2 p.m., Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) officials, assisted by Eleuthera and Abaco police, converged on the area.

Upon their arrival, a boat was observed heading in the direction of Eleuthera, and a twin-engined Cessna aircraft headed towards Abaco.

An air, and sea chase then ensued, Supt. Hanna said, and after the boat reached shore in the Bogue, Eleuthera area, three males onboard were arrested by officers on the island.

"A search of the vessel was conducted by officers and they discovered 14 bales, or 810 pounds of suspected cocaine. A 9 mm pistol and eight live rounds of ammunition was also discovered. The weapon and drugs were confiscated," the police press liaison officer said.

The air chase ended in Marsh Harbour, Abaco where the three men onboard the plane were arrested by officers stationed on the island.

"The three men, who were onboard the plane and a fourth man were arrested after they were found in possession of eight kilos, or 40 pounds of cocaine," Superintendent Hanna said, adding that two other individuals were taken into custody, but at the time, he was unable to provide further details.

With the boat and aircraft confiscated, the arrested men are expected to be arraigned before the drug court later this week.

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