Alleged Traffickers Abandon Boat with Drugs in Nicaraguan Caribbean

By Dialogo
July 17, 2012

The Nicaraguan Navy found 17 bags of drugs, a rifle, and a number of cellular telephones and communications radios on a boat abandoned by four alleged drug traffickers during an anti-drug operation in the Caribbean region, the Army announced on July 15.

According to the Military announcement, the Eduardoño boat was intercepted on the night of July 14, five nautical miles north of the coastal community of Sandy Bay Sirpi, in Nicaragua’s North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN).

Traveling on the vessel were four individuals, who “upon seeing themselves discovered and pursued,” opened fire against the Navy patrol, without causing casualties, and subsequently fled to the coast and into the Nicaraguan jungle, the announcement said.

The Army said that the Sailors found the boat abandoned on the coast of the community of Walpasiksa, located 24 nautical miles south of the port city of Bilwi, the capital of the RAAN.

On the vessel, 17 bags of drugs, “five barrels for storing fuel, an AK-M rifle, seven new cellular telephones, four sets of night-vision goggles, and 15 communications radios” were found, among other items.