NASSAU –– A man was arrested in connection with over 2,000 pounds of marijuana after he led police officers on a boat chase in waters off Ragged Island yesterday morning, police reported.
Chief Superintendent Samuel Butler said police spotted the vessel around midnight. It subsequently sped off, leading police on a chase until the vessel ran aground near Salt Cay.
Three suspects jumped into the water and managed to evade capture, according to Butler.
A Bahamian man was arrested on-board. The boat was registered in The Bahamas.
Butler said the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) will ensure the suspects who escaped are found and brought to justice.
While police did not confirm the exact weight of the drugs, they placed the value at more than $2 million.
It was one of two major drug busts on New Providence over the weekend.
On Saturday, police arrested a man in western New Providence in connection with the seizure of approximately $200,000 worth of marijuana.
Officers conducting a special operation at Arawak Cay Port around 8 a.m. stopped a Honda CR-V.
Inside the Honda were two large coolers, which contained several bags of suspected marijuana, said police.
The drugs weighed around 193 pounds. The driver, 45, was arrested in connection with the drugs.
Butler encouraged the public to continue supporting the police in the crime fight.