Senior police officers along with Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour surrounded by marijuana plants on Tuesday. The field was discovered in East Grand Bahama on Monday.
By Lededra Marche
Freeport News Editor
FREEPORT, Bahamas -- Bahamas police officers discovered marijuana plants on a field in East Grand Bahama on Monday afternoon, estimated to be worth $16.8 million, according to police.
Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour revealed on Tuesday that the field was initially spotted around 4:00 pm during a routine aerial patrol by officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit and the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration.
Police officers on the ground confirmed the suspected marijuana field.
Three suspects who were observed in the area fled to the bushes on seeing the officers, according to Seymour.
The marijuana plants were said to be in excess of 27 plots and scattered over roughly two miles of land.
“We approximated the plants’ total to be some 167,000 scattered over the 27 plots, and if you add a street value to that you’re talking about some $16.8 million, which is extremely significant,” Seymour said.
“Unfortunately, no one has been arrested to this point, but the investigation into this matter is ongoing.”
Seymour noted that the rich soil and healthy marijuana plants were evidence they were well cared for.
While it appeared that the plants were only a few months old, it was also evident the cultivators were using growth-enhancement products to increase the size and quality of the plants.
“So the persons who are in fact responsible for this know exactly what they were doing,” he said. “It is a professionally done job. We have some evidence that we are in fact pursuing to discover exactly who these persons are who are responsible for this.
“I’m happy to note that we would have disrupted this nefarious trade, in that these particular plants will not get on the streets of Grand Bahama or anywhere else for that matter.”
Seymour revealed that the plants will be destroyed in short order, therefore putting a dent in the pockets of the criminal minded.
He vowed that the investigations into this latest find as well as three other finds that were made in recent years are far from over, adding that they will continue until the police brings those persons to justice.
“We want to send a strong warning out to those persons and, of course, any other persons who are out there hell-bent on committing these type of activities, that our law enforcement efforts will be relentless in bringing these persons to justice, relentless in trying to discourage this type of behavior on this island and of course by extension the commonwealth of The Bahamas,” the Grand Bahama top cop said.
Police officers discovered a makeshift camp site with personal and food items, and also uncovered two high-powered weapons.
“One is an AK-47 and the second is a Mac-11 with the corresponding ammunition in the camp, which suggests that those persons were armed and dangerous,” Seymour said.
“We want to find out who exactly is doing it. Our evidence suggests that it could be a combination of Bahamian and, of course, foreign nationals mixed in this nefarious trade.”
Republished with permission of the Nassau Guardian