A police sergeant has been arrested on drugs charges, along with others, and a firearm and cash have been seized.

Sergeant Jonathan Mcalpine Talbot, 38, of Smith’s Parish, appeared in Magistrates’ Court this morning alongside Jonathan Mello, 27, and Ryan Resendes, 29, both of St George’s. One of the charges against the police officer is linked to a probe into a murder last year.

All three defendants face 6 charges of conspiracy to import prohibited weapons, ammunition and drugs, and to supply the same.

The weapons and ammo charges relate to a period between an unknown date and the 14th of November 2023, while the drugs charges relate to a period between a date unknown and the 2nd of December 2023.

Mr Resendes and Mr Mello also face 7 charges of possession of prohibited weapons, ammo, drugs with the intent to supply, and equipment intended for preparing a controlled drug for misuse – which the prosecution stated was a butter knife.

Those charges relate to a period between the 14th of November and the 2nd of December 2023.

Mr Resendes alone also faces a charge of possessing a quantity of cash on December 2nd 2023, contrary to the Proceeds of Crime act.

Police Sergeant McAlpine Talbot alone faces two charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice by improperly disclosing information about the investigation of the murder of Wilfred Outerbridge, and for causing a computer to perform a function with intent to secure unauthorized access to data held on that computer. This took place between the 21st of November 2023 and the 2nd of December 2023.

Father-of-three Mr Outerbridge died in hospital after he was shot at his home last November by the Railway Trail in Warwick.

The case against Sgt McAlpine-Talbot and the others will return to court for the July 1st arraignments, and all three defendants were granted $100,000-dollars bail.

All three must surrender travel documents, be fitted with electronic monitoring devices, report twice a week to the Police Station, and obey an 8pm to 7am curfew.

Sergeant McAlpine-Talbot has been suspended from duty, with pay.

Before today’s hearing, Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons described the arrest of the police officer and others as follows…

“In the early hours of Monday, April 22nd, the Bermuda Police Service began a targeted operation, which resulted in the arrest of a Police Sergeant, seven associates, the recovery of a firearm with ammunition, and a very significant quantity of drugs. The arrests were made in connection with an ongoing investigation that includes corruption.”

Commissioner Simons stated that, if found guilty, the officer will face the full force of the law.

He also revealed that police are setting up an anti-corruption unit.

Commissioner Simons added, “I want to assure the public that the vast majority of our officers serve honorably and with integrity. This incident does not reflect the values and principles of the Bermuda Police Service.”

Statement from Commissioner of Police Darrin Simons