Law enforcement authorities made the biggest ever drug bust in the history of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) at the home of a police officer on Friday night, it has been reported.
According to local reports, the 2,353 kilograms of cocaine equates to about $250 million USD.
The sum is estimated to be three quarters of the BVI’s national budget.
The cocaine is reported to have been hidden in 63 bundles across three vehicles.
“It is also one of the largest seizures in the history of any British Overseas Territory or the UK,” outgoing BVI Governor, Augustus Jaspert, was quoted by The Virgin Islands Consortium as saying.
The online publication said the officer in whose house the cocaine was found has been identified as 41-year-old Darren Davis, who has been a police officer for 20 years.
Davis and an accomplice have been arrested and his suspected criminal connections are being probed, along with any other bad apples in the force, according to the Sun Newspaper online.
According to the Sun, law enforcement sources point to possible side effects of the Covid-19 crisis meaning that large amounts of cocaine, usually bound for the United States, is being bottlenecked due to a flat drugs market and restrictions on travel.
BVI is currently under a night time curfew and private boats are not allowed on the waters after dark – meaning nefarious activity has been easier to spot, it said.