Where a drug, or suspected drug, seizure is made, this form must be completed. The following report was submitted by a Detective Constable, 21st September 1988, only two months before I joined the Narcotics Department. I replaced the officer who submitted the report.
brown text represents information on the form
blue text represents handwritten information
(Form CID 23)
(To be completed in duplicate for all seizures without prisoner)
No. 3956 Crime Register No.
Diary No. Prisoner's Property Register No.
Ev.No. 880076421 Case# 8800021490
TIME DAY & DATE OF SEIZURE: 1140hrs Saturday 17/9/88
OFFICER IN CHARGE OF SEIZURE: D.I. 35
ADDRESS, DATE OF BIRTH AND NATIONALITY OF ACCUSED OR PERSONS SUSPECTED:
CIRCUMSTANCES OF SEIZURE (Include Customs Officers, Airline and Flight Number and Port of Embarkation):
Handed to police by public after being recovered from hedge at (House number and Road), Pembroke.
SEIZED NON-ESSENTIAL (For Exhibit Register):
One paint tin containing 3 cylindrical pkgs. containing white powder
F.P.'s Negative 15/10
D.R. D.C.I. 21/9
This was one of, if not the largest seizure of cocaine ( albeit without prisoner) the Island had seen all year. Yet no one would grant officers permission to conduct an observation on the location at which the drug had been sized! No one was prepared to make a 'dummy package' (a substitute which looked similar to the original), and place it back at the spot from which this tin had been taken!
The extract from the Police computer in relation to the seizure read:
drug seizure in Pembroke parish ends 35
But this is not the end of the story:
The file, the seizure report, is endorsed with the following, hand-written comment:
D.C. (seizing officer's) diary is missing, as is
his pocket book for the period
The Narcotics office is a secure building, the subject of a security code access, an alarm and regular nightly checks. I have never known a pocket book or a diary 'go missing'. This documents contain a daily account of an officer's activities, a pocket book or diary may be misplaced from time to time. But both at once?
A pocket book (carried with an officer almost all the time) can become lost. But a diary is a desk-top book 12 by 8 inches.
No investigation followed, the officer's books remained 'vanished' and the drug seizure was 'forgotten'. However, the officer did keep observation (using his own initiative, unbeknown to anyone in the office) on the location where the tin was found and someone did return to the location.
His observations were reported ... a Bermudian solicitor and a person arrested in the Miranda enquiry attended the location apparently looking for the tin.
NO FURTHER ACTION TAKEN!
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