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Two Recent Joint Operations Net Significant Drugs & Illegal Cash

Mon, 2022-04-25

The Bermuda Police Service (BPS) and HM Customs continue to work together to deter as well as intercept contraband at the island’s borders.

On Tuesday, 29th March 2022 with the assistance of airport authorities including HM Customs, a team of detectives from the BPS Financial Crime Unit under the direction of Detective Sergeant Leroy Mathurin attended the L. F. Wade International Airport where over U.S. $50,000 cash was seized, resulting in the commencement of a criminal investigation.

A 45-year-old female foreign national was subsequently arrested on suspicion of money laundering. She was later released on police bail pending further enquires.

More recently on Thursday, 7th April 2022, a joint operation was conducted by the BPS and HM Customs at L. F. Wade International Airport.

As a result, the BPS Drugs Unit executed a search warrant at a Hamilton parish residence where several packages containing the controlled drug cannabis were seized, with an estimated street value of $800,000 (Bermuda dollars).

Six persons were arrested in relation to this operation, three of whom are employed at L. F. Wade International Airport. Residences in Hamilton parish, Devonshire and Southampton were later searched, with police seizing a hydroponic system, which detectives suspect is designed to grow cannabis indoors. All six individuals have since been released on police bail, pending further enquiries.

Acting Detective Superintendent Sherwin Joseph, of the Crime Division, reinforced the significance of working with stakeholders to counter the cross border importation of drugs and laundering of criminal proceeds. He stated, “We continue to rely on good relationships with our partners at the borders, to deter and/or detect occurrences of cross border drug importation and money laundering, which can have negative economic, social and security consequences.

Although we are unable to say at this time if these two recent examples are connected, both highlight the necessity of these joint operations. Our teamwork has disrupted the illegal activities of a major drug trafficking ring at the L. F. Wade International Airport, bent on circumventing security controls and importing illicit items into Bermuda. We will continue to work with our partners at L. F. Wade International Airport to detect, disrupt and dismantle drug trafficking organizations and their illegal operations. Present security controls will also be reviewed and countermeasures implemented to mitigate the risk we have identified.”

No further information will be provided at this time. The BPS Drugs Unit continues investigations into both incidents.

Fifth Road Fatality for 2022

Sun, 2022-04-24

Shortly after 3:00 a.m. today, Sunday 24th April 2022, police received a call indicating emergency services were required at a residence in St. George’s.

During the exchange, it was ascertained a 37-year-old male had been involved in a single vehicle road traffic collision and had subsequently made his way to the residence.

An ambulance was despatched and the injured male was transported to King Edward Hospital for treatment to his injuries.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead a short time later.

A Family Liaison Officer has been appointed to assist the family of the deceased.

A 55-year-old male who was a passenger in the car involved in the collision, sustained minor leg injuries. He has been assisting police with their inquiries into this incident.

A collision scene was identified and located on South Prison Street, St. George’s, near the junction with Rose Hill.

That scene has since been processed by the police Forensics Support Unit along with Traffic Collision Investigators.

Anyone with information on this incident, which marks the island’s fifth road fatality, of 2022, is asked to call 211 or the main police number, 295-0011.

The Bermuda Police Service extends its condolences to the family of the deceased.

Two Male Riders Injured in Middle Road, Southampton Collision

Fri, 2022-04-22

Around 7pm on Friday 22 April, 2022, police and other first responders were dispatched to a report of a  two vehicle collision on Middle Road, Southampton, near Pompano Beach Road.

Initial reports suggest that a male was traveling east on a motorcycle when another male on an auxiliary cycle, also traveling east, attempted to overtake the motorcycle rider causing the vehicles to collide.

As a result, the motorcycle rider was left unresponsive.

Life saving efforts were commenced by an off duty police officer, who happened to come across the scene.

The motorcycle rider was revived at the scene and conveyed to King Edward Memorial Hospital for further treatment of his injuries.

The auxiliary cycle rider was also conveyed to hospital for treatment of injuries to his arm.

Traffic is being diverted through the Railway Trail using a one lane system. Traffic delays are to be expected while police process the scene.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact Constable James Williams on 211 or jwilliams@bps.bm.

19-Year-Old Man Hurt in Motorcycle Crash on South Road, Paget

Fri, 2022-04-22

Shortly before 2:00 p.m. today, Friday, 22nd April, 2022, police and other emergency responders were despatched to a reported serious single vehicle collision involving a motorcycle, on the South Shore Road near the public entrance to Elbow Beach, Paget. 

Upon arrival officers were informed the motorcyclist, nineteen-year-old male was travelling west on the South Shore Road, when he attempted to overtake another vehicle headed in the same direction.

However, he reportedly lost control of the bike and collided with a nearby wall.

The victim was in and out of consciousness. His injuries, which included a broken arm and lacerations about the body.

He was attended to at the scene by EMTs and subsequently transported via ambulance to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital for further treatment to his injuries, which were not thought to be life threatening.

Traffic was diverted away from the area of the collision while the scene was being processed by Forensics Officers as well as Traffic Collision Investigators. The roadway has since been reopened.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call 211 or, the main police number 295-0011.

Police Vehicle Crash in St. David's: Two Officers Involved Not Seriously Hurt

Wed, 2022-04-20

The Bermuda Police Service can confirm two of its officers were involved in a single vehicle collision near Stokes Bridge, St. David’s around 11:20 a.m. today, Wednesday 20th April, 2022.

Thankfully, neither officer was seriously hurt.

Out of an abundance of caution, both officers were transported via ambulance to King Edward Hospital for treatment to their injuries.

The vehicle was extensively damaged.

Traffic was diverted away from the area while the scene was processed by Traffic Collision Investigators.

Enquiries into this incident are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call 211 or 295-0011.

BPS Seek Public Assistance After Brazen Burglary at E.R. Aubrey Jewellers

Tue, 2022-04-19

Police are seeking the public’s assistance with the investigation into a recent burglary at a City business.

Shortly after 3:00 a.m. on Monday, 4th April 2022, two men on a motorcycle pulled up outside E.R. Aubrey’s on Queen Street, City of Hamilton.

The pillion passenger who wore a red Adidas jacket with camouflage sleeves and a silver coloured helmet, smashed the front window of the premises and removed a quantity of items which were on display.

The suspects then left the scene riding north, along Queen Street.

The rider wore a black jacket and black full faced helmet, with a dark tinted visor.

While the incident was captured on the store’s security cameras, we urge anyone with information on this matter, to please call 211, the Criminal Investigations Unit on 247-1744, Crime Stoppers on 800-8477, or share that information with a police officer you’re comfortable speaking with.

The Bermuda Police Service urges business owners, particularly within the City of Hamilton, to ensure that all access points to premises are properly secured.

We offer the following crime prevention tips:

Use roller shutters if installed.

Set alarms, if installed.

Ensure that installed CCTV is working efficiently.

Light the inside and outside of your business, especially around entry points.

Avoid leaving cash on premises.

Avoid leaving valuables exposed and accessible.

Reported Serious Collision at Court Street & Dundonald Street [Updated]

Tue, 2022-04-19

Around 7:50am on Tuesday 19 April 2022, police and first responders were dispatched to a report of a two vehicle collision at the junction of Court and Dundonald Street City of Hamilton.

On arrival it was ascertained that both vehicles were traveling in opposite directions on Dundonald Street, when the male driver of a company van, attempted to make a right turn onto Court Street, crossing the path of a male motorcycle rider.

The motorcyclist was transported to King Edward Memorial Hospital for treatment of a suspected head injury. The van driver was not reported to be injured.

Traffic is being diverted at Court and Victoria Street and Court and Elliott Street junctions while the scene is being processed. Motorists are advised to use alternative routes.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this collision to contact Constable Tashun Simons on 211 or tsimons2@bps.bm.

Update: Wednesday, 20th April - Thankfully, the motorcyclist hurt in a collision with a van Tuesday morning (19th April 2022) at the junction of Court Street and Dundonald Street in the City of Hamilton – understood to be a 26-year-old Pembroke man – has since been treated and discharged from hospital. The van driver was not injured. Inquiries regarding this collision continue and any witnesses are once again encouraged to call Constable Tashun Simons on 211 or e-mail tsimons2@bps.bm.

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