Colombian Navy Seizes Fourteen Drug-Trafficking Submersibles in Six Months
By Dialogo July 28, 2009Bogotá, 23 July (EFE).- The Colombian Navy has seized fourteen submersibles intended for drug trafficking so far this year, the commander of the service, Adm. Guillermo Barrera, announced today during a ceremony commemorating the institution’s 186th anniversary. The officer presented a balance sheet of the Navy’s activities and results during the first half of the year in which another highlight was the increase in drug seizures by the service. During this period 63.5 tons of cocaine were confiscated, in comparison to 75 tons intercepted in all of 2008. The report adds that 1,727 hectares of coca crops have been eradicated since January, in comparison to 1,724 hectares in all of last year. The official ceremony also included an allusion to the recent commissioning of two heavy patrol boats for river support, bringing to eight the number of ships of this kind built by Colombia in Navy installations in order to maintain control over various rivers within the national territory. The celebration of the Navy’s 186th anniversary was held at the Marine Infantry Security Battalion in Bogotá, and various decorations were conferred on uniformed personnel and civilians.