Bahamas Major Drug Arrests
Liquid Cocaine Drug Arrest - Ishrat Habib was charged with smuggling 1. 5 litres of liquid cocaine inside the liquid of a lava lamp which was discovered when she was searched by customs officers at the White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney, Australia.
Bahamas Cracks Down On Drug Trafficking - While the Caribbean has been long been diligent in their efforts to stop the cruise ship drug trade in Caribbean nations, 2013-2014 will go down as the year The Bahamas declared war on the illegal drug trade involving not only cruise ships, but the drug trade in general. See 2014 cruise ship drug arrests.
Cruise ship passengers have been arrested steadily after 2014 for possession of marijuana, much of it very small quantities. The tips to police appear to be coming from cruise ship security officers, working aboard Cruise ships travling to the Caribbean. In nearly all the cases seen below, Bahamas police received a tip related to the subsequent drug arrests. See cruise ship drug arrests by year.
On April 25, 2014, officers from the Tourism Police Unit boarded an identified cruise ship docked at the Prince George Dock to arrest two female cruise ship passenger who had marijuana. One of the women, 27-years-old, was said to be from Waltham, Massachusetts.
On April 23, 2014, the Royal Bahamas Police stopped a 42-foot boat near Long Island with two men aboard. The boat contained 37 bales (1,200 pounds) of marijuana, resulting in the arrest of both men. The marijuana had an estimated street value of $1.5 million.
On April 7, 2014, at Lynden Pindling International Airport, police conducted a search of a Hawker Jet that had just arrived from Montreal, Canada. Four suitcases containing 149 pounds of marijuana, 17.4 pounds of ecstasy pills and 2.6 pounds of hashish oil with a combined street value of nearly $17 million were discovered.
March 24, 2014 160,000 marijuana plants, with an estimated street value of nearly $17 million, were discovered growing in the pine forest in East Grand Bahama.
January 15, 2014 a huge shipment of marijuana was seized by police officers from a 42-foot-boat near Holmes Rock Grave Yard, when they discovered 42 sacks, containing 2,102 pounds of marijuana, have an estimated street value of $2,102,500. Seven people were arrested.
November 23, 2013, two men who were traveling to the United States, were taken into custody at Lynden Pindling International Airport for possession of an estimate 1.75 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of $13,500.00.
November 9, 2013 a 42-year-old male resident of Freeport, Grand Bahama was arrested after two black duffle bags containing marijuana with an estimated weight of 149.5 pounds and a street value of $149,500.00 were found.
November 6, 3013, three men, 19, 28 and 29, aboard a charter airplane at Lynden Pindling International Airport were arrested when officers uncovered a black travel bag containing twenty-six pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $26,000.00.
November 2, 2013 a suspect was taken into custody and is expected to face firearms and drug related charges. The weight of the drugs was one (1) pound with an estimated street value of $1000.00.
October 23, 2014 four men were arrested while attempting to smuggle over 100 packages containing more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana with a street value of over $2 million into the Bahamas aboard a 32-foot-long boat. The boat was towed into port after it ran out of gas during a police chase.
October 21, 2013 two men ages 41 and 33, along with a woman age 22, were arrested when police executed a search warrant at a Baillou Road South home, seizing 1.5 pounds of cocaine, which had an estimated street value of $15,000.00.
October 18, 2013, a search of a container at the Freeport Container Port on Grand Bahama yielded 25 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $625,000.00.
October 17, 2013 Bahamas police officers discovered 47pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $47,000 in a local residence. three men and a woman were arrested.
October 16, 2013, actor Craig Robinson was arrested for drug possession as he was leaving the Bahamas. Robinson pleaded guilty to two counts of drug possession for a half gram of marijuana and 18 ecstasy pills.
October 8, 2013 police stopped a silver van traveling around 0100 hours in the morning on Grand Bahama in the area of the fisherman's stands on the Fishing Hole Rock. When searched, the van yielded 21 duffle bags which held 2,283 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $2.3 million. Brothers Jackson Culmer, 38, and Cruiz Culmer, 23; Deaniel Forbes, 30; Garfield Forbes, 39; and Kemuel Moss, 29 were all arrested on October 8, 2013 with an additional person arrested, Spencer Parker, 43, of Eight Mile Rock on April 27, 2014.
October 6, 2013 Bahamas police found four men in possession of 118 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $118,000.00.
October 5, 2013 three men were arrested in North Bimini, where they found 411 pounds of marijuana with an estimated street value of $411,000.00.