Colombian navy seizes cocaine cargo in Caribbean waters
By Dialogo July 16, 2012
BOGOTÁ, Colombia — Authorities seized 81 sacks filled with cocaine July 14 near the San Andrés Island in the Caribbean, a Colombian naval spokesperson said.
The boat was spotted and boarded between Serrana Island and the Quita Sueño banks, which are between the San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina archipelago, the navy said.
A navy helicopter spotted a lobster boat “traveling at a high speed” toward Central America. A navy plane had to fire warning shots to force the smugglers to halt after repeated calls were unanswered.
Marines from a frigate and a patrol boat boarded the boat, which was carrying 81 sacks filled with cocaine, whose weight is still being determined.
The navy arrested the crew of four, all Costa Ricans, and transported them along with the seized drugs to San Andrés, where they were handed over to law enforcement agents.
[Eluniversal.com.co (Colombia), 15/07/2012; Radiosantafe.com (Colombia), 15/07/2012]