Nicaraguan Navy Sinks Drug Boat in Caribbean Sea

By Dialogo
July 24, 2012

The Nicaraguan Navy exchanged fire with four alleged drug traffickers in the Caribbean Sea, resulting in one arrest and the burning and subsequent sinking of the vessel on which they were traveling, the Army announced on July 22.

The alleged trafficker, Florentino Solís, is a native of Laguna de Perlas, located in the South Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAS), was arrested while three other, unidentified members of the vessel’s crew succeeded in escaping, according to a statement by the armed service.

The incident took place between the night of July 21 and early morning of July 22, six nautical miles northeast of the Miskito community of Wounta, in the jurisdiction of the RAAS, the announcement said.

The Navy patrol detected the intruder vessel and pursued it and its occupants, who upon seeing that they had been discovered, fired at the officers, leading to an exchange of fire in which no casualties or damage on the Military side were reported, the announcement added.

Authorities assume that the vessel was transporting drugs and fuel, and that as a result of the exchange of fire, the boat caught on fire, and its occupants jumped overboard and fled, except for Solís.

Navy divers are searching the area where the drug vessel sank in order to learn more about the cargo this boat was carrying, the statement said.