The United States Coast Guard transported millions of dollars of drugs confiscated in Stella Maris, Long Island over the weekend to the capital on Tuesday. The shipment included 480 Kilos of suspected cocaine with an estimated street value of $9.6 million.

Press Press Liaison Officer Chief Superintendent Chrislyn Skippings was at the Odyssey Airport where she briefed members of the media. She said, “we do have two Bahamian males in custody. One is believed to be a 61 year old and a 49 year old. As you know many of the crimes that occur within our country occur as a result of drugs and firearms. And so it is always good when our agencies can collaborate and work together to interdict these such drugs from coming into the country.”

Officer in Charge of the DEU Chief Superintendent Roberto Goodman said marijuana is still the drug of choice in The Bahamas and that there has been a uptick in cocaine smuggling. “We’ve even seen a trend now because you will see like the holidays or when its busy and some of the man power resources are being used throughout the organization we see that the drug smugglers try to use this opportunity to traffic drugs but we’ll continue to be relentless in the Drug Enforcement Unit and as long as we have the information then we come in and we’ll be arresting those persons who continue to traffic drugs in our commonwealth.”

The confiscation of this latest drug shipment was a joint OPBAT operation between the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU), the DEA and the United States Coast Guard.