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Miami Man Accused Of Smuggling 1,500 Pounds Of Cocaine Into The Bahamas For Christmas

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NASSAU — 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 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 U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) conducted a search of a yacht moored in Bimini – the closest Bahamian island to the United States, located just 50 miles off the Florida coast – and found the huge stash of drugs.

Diaz, who was on the boat, was subsequently arrested.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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