Colombia Seizes over 800 Kilos of Cocaine in the Caribbean Sea
By Dialogo August 27, 2013
From August 19 to 26, over 1,000 kilos of cocaine were seized off the coasts of Caribbean countries, the Colombian Navy said.
Due to information provided by the Colombian National Navy, a total of 847 kilos of cocaine transported by two people on a boat were seized off the Costa Rican coast, according to a cooperation agreement between Colombia and Costa Rica.
The vessel, without a name and license, had left the Colombian coast with two crew members, when it was intercepted by the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service, 35 nautical miles from Puerto Limón city. During inspection, the authorities found the drugs hidden in the vessel’s double bottom.
The Colombian nationals, the drugs and the boat were brought to the Costa Rican authorities at Puerto Limón.
During this period, 1,072 kilos of cocaine were seized off the coasts of Caribbean countries, according to information provided by the National Navy. The previous seizure was made after a vessel named “Niña Darye” started sailing in Colombian Caribbean waters when it was followed by the Navy vessel ARC San Andrés and Coast Guard units. Later, it was intercepted by Panama’s National Air Naval Service (SENAN), near the Dutch Keys, and 225 kilos of drugs were found.
So far this year, the Caribbean Naval Force has seized nearly 28 tons of cocaine from different operations carried out in its jurisdiction, dramatically affecting the finances of drug trafficking groups.
The National Navy endorses the importance of interdiction and cooperation agreements, as well as the development of combined operations with units from other countries, which are essential to countering transnational crime and drug trafficking.