Colombian Police and DEA Seize More Than Four Tons of Cocaine in the Caribbean

By Dialogo
August 31, 2009

Bogotá, 26 August (EFE).- The Colombian police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) seized more than four tons of cocaine and detained nine members of an alleged international drug-trafficking ring during an operation in international waters, official sources told EFE today. “There were 4,075 kilos of cocaine on board a Panamanian-flagged vessel, on board which five Colombians, three Panamanians, and a Ghanaian were detained,” Col. Henry Gamboa, assistant director of the Colombian Anti-narcotics Police, specified. The vessel was intercepted after investigative work by the Colombian Anti-narcotics Directorate, the Colombian Attorney General’s Office, the U.S. Navy, and the DEA, at a point around sixty nautical miles from the northern Colombian department of La Guajira, the high-ranking officer added. “Several days before the vessel was intercepted, it left the port of Guaranao, in the Republic of Venezuela, headed for Honduras,” a statement issued by the Colombian police indicated. The statement added that “some hours later and as a result of information provided by the judicial and investigative police (Sijin) of Santa Marta, coordination took place with the DEA office in Cartagena about the departure of two launches (...) in the El Cojoro sector in La Guajira.” These launches, the report adds, “were carrying a large quantity of narcotics that would be transferred to a deeper-draught motorboat very near Colombian La Guajira.” The boat, the drugs, and the detainees were taken to a Panamanian port, the identity of which Col. Gamboa said he did not know. The same source admitted that the drugs were undoubtedly intended for markets in the United States, for which reason “it is quite possible that a U.S. federal judge may request the extradition of the detainees,” whose identities were also not released. EFE