900827CL - Intelligence
On the 27th August, the day I received the disturbing telephone call about a senior officer's involvement in the cocaine importation network, I continued to submit intelligence in relation to an ongoing matter. We had identified another courier and the details were passed to the U.S. officer on 27th August 1990 (see 'Conversation').
It will be evident, from the 'conversation' that I had the name, address, telephone number etc. of the courier. However, given my precarious position within the department I felt it safest to pass this detail to the U.S. and not release the detail within the office.
I possessed the information, on the 24th August 1990 I had attended the Sonesta Beach hotel and seized the courier's original registration card (a member of the hotel staff signed and dated the rear of the document as an exhibit). Even before I had received the call from the US officer, it was apparent the office was a hostile environment. this was another opportunity to make a substantial impact on cocaine importation into Bermuda.
The information submitted was as follows, the additional comments being applied by my supervisors:
NARCOTICS INTELLIGENCE 27TH AUGUST 1990
AS A RESULT OF INFORMATION RECEIVED FROM THE INFORMANT THERE IS CURRENTLY A U.S. CITIZEN FROM MIAMI STAYING IN BERMUDA, AND LIAISING WITH THE INFORMANT, WHO WILL BE RETURNING IN THE NEAR FUTURE WITH 8 OUNCES OF COCAINE.
THIS INFORMATION IS IN RELATION TO A PREVIOUS INTELLIGENCE REPORT SUBMITTED BY OFFICER1
THE U.S. CITIZEN HAS CHANGED HOTELS SINCE HIS ARRIVAL AND WILL NOT TELL THE INFORMANT WHERE HE IS STAYING.
THE PURPOSE OF THE VISIT WAS TO GET A FEEL FOR THE BERMUDA ENTRY PROCEDURE AND TO SEE IF THE INFORMANT WAS UNDER ANY PRESSURE FROM THE POLICE. MONEY WAS TO BE PASSED TOT HE INFORMANT TO PAY FOR DAVID HOWELLS DEFENCE, AS YET THIS HAS NOT HAPPENED BUT THE INFORMANT HAS RECEIVED $500 FOR HIS TROUBLE. THE U.S. CITIZEN BROUGHT JUST LESS THAN $3000WITH HIM.
AT 12.25PM, ON SATURDAY, 25TH AUGUST 1990, I WAS PRESENT AT FOURWAYS PASTRY SHOP, REID STREET, WHEN, AS ARRANGED, THE INFORMANT ATTENDED THE LOCATION WITH THE U.S. COURIER. THEY STAYED FOR 15 MINUTES THEN LEFT.
MY VIEW OF THE U.S. CITIZEN WAS UNOBSTRUCTED
DETAILS OF MOVEMENTS ARE BEING REPORTED TO ME AS ATTEMPTS ARE BEING MADE TO SECURE DATES OF DEPARTURE AND RETURN.
SUBMITTED FOR YOUR INFORMATION,
PHILIP SWIFT D.C. 217
Sir, Hopefully, we will be able to develop this situation and with the assistance of the US authorities intercept suspect upon his return at point of embarkation. officer1
officer1 Do we know the identity of this alleged courier? If so please state - I do not want any vendetta or withholding of info allegation. Matter has to be referred to the D.I.U. for information and collation. Its no good without names etc.
The details were never provided to the Bermuda authorities, despite my being employed in the narcotics office intermittently until my departure.
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