2.2 Tons of Cocaine Seized in Colombian Caribbean Waters
By Dialogo September 14, 2011
Colombian Coast Guard personnel seized 2.2 tons of cocaine being transported on a speedboat in the Caribbean Sea and arrested the five crew members, one of them Honduran, the Colombian National Navy announced Monday.
Units of the Pacific Naval Force located and intercepted the “go-fast” boat, with three outboard motors, when it was at sea near the coast of the Colombian locality of Sapzurro, in the province of Choco.
Admiral César Narváez, the commander of the Pacific Naval Force, told AFP that the seizure of the drugs was achieved using intelligence information obtained from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), supplied to the Colombian police.
According to that information, the contraband, valued at around US$ 60 million, is believed to belong to the Los Urabeños criminal gang, the Navy’s announcement indicated.
The 2.2 tons of cocaine, distributed across 2,200 packages, and the boat’s five crew members were turned over to the local authorities.