CARIBBEAN360 – A major operation by the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) has dealt a huge blow to drug traffickers in the Bahamas.
A stash of 1,449 pounds of cocaine was seized during a bust in the Bahamian island of Bimini, two days before Christmas, and a 41- year old American man arrested and charged.
Jose Ramon Diaz, of Miami, Florida, was remanded to prison when he appeared in court on Christmas Eve and pleaded not guilty to possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply, importation of dangerous drugs, conspiracy to import dangerous drugs and conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs with intent to supply.
Police say that shortly before 3 p.m., a team of officers from the DEU assisted by their counterparts from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) conducted a search of a yacht moored in Bimini – the closest Bahamian island to the US, located just 50 miles off Florida’s coast – and found the huge stash of drugs.
Diaz, who was on the boat, was subsequently arrested.