Another Blow against Drug Trafficking in International Waters
By Dialogo June 05, 2014
The latest accomplishment during a joint operation to counter drug trafficking resulted in three tons of cocaine seized and suspects arrested.
In a coordinated operation carried out by the U.S. Coast Guard and the DEA on May 20, as part of the operational strategy led by the Colombian National Police in compliance with their constant fight against drug trafficking, police intelligence efforts allowed the detection of a semisubmersible vessel with a huge amount of cocaine onboard sailing in international waters a few miles south of Nariño, Tumaco Municipality, Colombia.
Police intelligence and the ongoing investigation show that the 3,383 kilos of cocaine, with the help of speedboats, departed from Nariño and Valle del Cauca to the semisubmersible. The cargo was destined for Mexico and the United States.
The unified efforts of Counter Drug Police, DEA, and U.S. Coast Guard units made this strategic blow against drug trafficking possible. They arrested four people onboard; three Colombian nationals and one Ecuadorian. Authorities are trying to determine if the seized drug belonged to illegal organizations or guerrillas that operate in this region.
Despite the constant change of drug trafficking as a crime, the unstoppable joint fight conducted by U.S. and Colombian authorities in recent operations, reflect the aim of disrupting any criminal capacity that serves as organized criminals for drug traffickers.