Colombian National Navy Seizes 5,200 Kilograms of Cocaine

By Dialogo
April 13, 2015



Colombia’s National Navy seized 5,200 kilograms of cocaine from a merchant ship in the Pacific Ocean and arrested the vessel’s 14-member crew. It was the largest seizure in Colombian Pacific Ocean waters since 2013.

The Navy interdicted the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged vessel 190 miles from the port city of Tumaco, within the Department of Nariño, and conducted the seizure with cooperation from the Prosecutor's Office Technical Investigation Corps (CTI).

The cocaine would have been worth more than $142 million on the international market, the Navy said. Naval authorities did not immediately report the identities of the suspects, saying only that the crew included eight Colombians.

The Navy has seized 22.8 tons of cocaine since January 1.

Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police makes cocaine bust


Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) captured a 38-year-old Costa Rican man at Juan Santamaría International Airport attempting to fly to Madrid, Spain, with more than a kilogram of cocaine in his suitcase on April 6. Police arrested the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, after officers found 1,180 grams of cocaine divided among two packages in his luggage.

Since January 1, law enforcement officers have captured 16 people suspected of trying to smuggle narcotics out of Juan Santamaría International Airport. Eight of the suspects are Guatemalan, two are Costa Rican, two are Dutch, and others include a Nicaraguan, a Mexican, an Israeli, and an Italian.

Law enforcement authorities have seized 10.9 kilograms of cocaine worth $102,333 at Juan Santamaría International Airport since January 1.

The PCD has led the country’s counter-narcotics fight on land, while the Coast Guard has been responsible for protecting its waters since Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948. The Central American nation is a key transshipment point in the trafficking of South American narcotics into the U.S. and Europe. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report.

Mexican Army destroys 45 airstrips used by narcotraffickers


The Mexican Army destroyed 45 clandestine airstrips used by narcotraffickers in the states of Sonora and Baja California in January and February.

Troops also located and destroyed 101 kilograms of cocaine, 697 kilograms of methamphetamine, 40 kilograms of heroin, and confiscated 76 rifles, 49 handguns, 18,425 rounds of ammunition, three aircraft, and 116 vehicles throughout northwestern Mexico in January and February.

Counter-narcotics operations also led to the arrests of 102 suspects and the seizure of more than $16 million pesos (1.073 million dollars) in the states of Sonora and Baja California and Baja California Sur.


Colombia’s National Navy seized 5,200 kilograms of cocaine from a merchant ship in the Pacific Ocean and arrested the vessel’s 14-member crew. It was the largest seizure in Colombian Pacific Ocean waters since 2013.

The Navy interdicted the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged vessel 190 miles from the port city of Tumaco, within the Department of Nariño, and conducted the seizure with cooperation from the Prosecutor's Office Technical Investigation Corps (CTI).

The cocaine would have been worth more than $142 million on the international market, the Navy said. Naval authorities did not immediately report the identities of the suspects, saying only that the crew included eight Colombians.

The Navy has seized 22.8 tons of cocaine since January 1.

Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police makes cocaine bust


Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police (PCD) captured a 38-year-old Costa Rican man at Juan Santamaría International Airport attempting to fly to Madrid, Spain, with more than a kilogram of cocaine in his suitcase on April 6. Police arrested the suspect, whose name was not immediately released, after officers found 1,180 grams of cocaine divided among two packages in his luggage.

Since January 1, law enforcement officers have captured 16 people suspected of trying to smuggle narcotics out of Juan Santamaría International Airport. Eight of the suspects are Guatemalan, two are Costa Rican, two are Dutch, and others include a Nicaraguan, a Mexican, an Israeli, and an Italian.

Law enforcement authorities have seized 10.9 kilograms of cocaine worth $102,333 at Juan Santamaría International Airport since January 1.

The PCD has led the country’s counter-narcotics fight on land, while the Coast Guard has been responsible for protecting its waters since Costa Rica disbanded its Army in 1948. The Central American nation is a key transshipment point in the trafficking of South American narcotics into the U.S. and Europe. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report.

Mexican Army destroys 45 airstrips used by narcotraffickers


The Mexican Army destroyed 45 clandestine airstrips used by narcotraffickers in the states of Sonora and Baja California in January and February.

Troops also located and destroyed 101 kilograms of cocaine, 697 kilograms of methamphetamine, 40 kilograms of heroin, and confiscated 76 rifles, 49 handguns, 18,425 rounds of ammunition, three aircraft, and 116 vehicles throughout northwestern Mexico in January and February.

Counter-narcotics operations also led to the arrests of 102 suspects and the seizure of more than $16 million pesos (1.073 million dollars) in the states of Sonora and Baja California and Baja California Sur.
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