Colombian Navy Seizes Fuel Intended for Drug Traffickers
By Dialogo March 29, 2012
Colombian National Navy units seized 2,522 gallons of gasoline in the course of a maritime interdiction operation in the Cabo Manglares sector, in the waters of the department of Nariño, on the country’s west coast.
The operation was conducted by a rapid-reaction unit from the Tumaco Coast Guard Station that intercepted an unnamed, unregistered small wooden boat that was carrying 53 canisters of different capacities that contained the fuel.
The vessel was crewed by three Colombian nationals, who were turned over to the Tumaco branch of the Judicial Police, together with the vessel and the fuel.
The crew were held on charges of alleged illegal trafficking of hydrocarbons. The gasoline seized was apparently intended to be used for transporting and manufacturing narcotics, since this substance is considered a primary element in manufacturing alkaloids.
So far this year, the National Navy has seized more than 76,000 gallons of liquid raw materials in the Colombian Pacific.