U.S. and Bahamas Make Huge Narcotics Bust In The Bahamas As New Cooperation In Narcotics Ensues

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Sunday, September 1, 1985
Bruce Zagaris
On April 19, 1985, the U.S. and Bahamian law enforcement officials conducted an unprecedented joint operation over 30 Bahamian islands and along 150 miles of the Florida coast during a two week period.  As a result they seized 5,500 pounds of cocaine and 33,872 pounds of marijuana, made 58 arrests on drug related charges, and arrested approximately 600 would be Haitian refugees on their way to the U.S.  The joint operation involved 775 persons and 26 agencies of both governments, 85 law-enforcement vessels, and more than 30 aircraft and a half dozen radar facilites.