Panama Seizes 10.5 Tons of Cocaine

Panama Seizes 10.5 Tons of Cocaine

By Lorena Baires/Diálogo
December 13, 2021

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From November 11 to October 20, 2021, the Panamanian National Air and Naval Service (SENAN, in Spanish) seized 10,534 kilograms of cocaine in nine interdictions.

On November 11, the Office of the Attorney General reported the seizure of 338 kg of cocaine in Limón province. Authorities found the drug in a container when it was entering the port area.

On November 6, SENAN reported seizing 117 kg of cocaine that two individuals were transporting on a speedboat, in La Guaira, Colón province.

Authorities seized 3,499 kg of cocaine in a container coming from the Port of San Vicente, Chile, and bound for the Netherlands, at the Pacific area port terminal, on October 30, 2021. (Photo: Panamanian National Air and Naval Service)

In the province of Panama, authorities seized 3,499 kg of cocaine in 100 briefcases that were in a container coming from the Port of San Vicente, Chile, and bound for the Netherlands, SENAN said on October 30.

In a similar operation on October 26, aeronaval personnel reported the seizure of 793 kg of cocaine on a ship that had stopped over in the Bay of Panama. The first container came from Chile and was bound for Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The second one came from Callao, Peru, and was bound for Antwerp, Belgium. That same day, authorities found two briefcases floating near the Colón Port Terminal, containing 72 kg of cocaine and an electronic location device.

On October 25, in the province of Los Santos, aeronaval personnel confirmed the seizure of 1,675 kg of cocaine in a speedboat with three crew members. The operation had Colombian Navy support, Deputy Commissioner Ricaute Castillo, chief of SENAN’s IV Aeronaval Region, said.

Authorities found 817 kg of cocaine, in a pit on Coiba Island, in the Gulf of Chiriquí, on October 22, 2021. (Photo: Panamanian National Air and Naval Service)

In Bahía Limón, Colón province, authorities seized 1,254 kg of cocaine in a container coming from Brazil and bound for New Zealand, SENAN said on October 22.

That same day, agents found 817 kg of cocaine in a pit on Coiba Island, said Deputy Commissioner Rusbel Atencio, an officer with SENAN’s I Aeronaval Region.

On October 20, at the Caribbean area port terminal in Colón province, SENAN reported the seizure of 1,969 kg of cocaine in two containers coming from Suriname and Chile, both bound for Antwerp, Belgium.

From January 1 to November 8, 2021, SENAN seized 69 tons of narcotics in 119 operations; and from January 1 to November 11, the Office of the Attorney General reported seizing 26,800 kg of drugs in containers, in 37 operations.

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