Panamanian Police Confiscate 2.3 Tons of Cocaine

By Dialogo
July 10, 2009

Panama City, July 8 (EFE).- The Panamanian police confiscated 2.3 tons of cocaine and detained two Mexicans and one Panamanian linked to smuggling during two operations carried out in the province of Colón and in La Chorrera, west of the capital, the director of the police, Gustavo Pérez, announced today. Pérez stated to the press that “Kamboya Operation” in the town of Río Veraguas, in Colón, in the Caribbean region, and “Llano Operation” in the district of La Chorrera, were carried out yesterday in cooperation with the Public Prosecutor's Office. In “Kamboya Operation,” 200 kilos of cocaine and a long-range rifle with a 24-shot cartridge were confiscated, but there were no arrests. The Chief Public Prosecutor for Drugs, Javier Caraballo, explained that the drugs were found hidden in the underbrush and packed in around eighty-seven bags. According to the official, the authorities believe that the drug traffickers were in the middle of refueling when the police action took place. “Two individuals were seen in the area at the time of the operation, but they fled,” specified Caraballo, who indicated that, although the final destination of the drugs is also unknown for certain, “they’re generally headed to the countries to the north.” He indicated that the Atlantic corridor, the area where the bags were found, is used for international drug trafficking, “especially by speedboats that leave Colombia and generally head for Mexico or the United States.” In “Llano Operation,” besides confiscating 2.1 tons of cocaine, the police arrested two Mexican citizens who had been released on bond while awaiting trial on similar charges, and one Panamanian. The drugs were found hidden in a truck that had a metal false bottom in its roof, according to the authorities, who did not release the names of the persons implicated. Two other vehicles, one of which had a false bottom, a sealed tank of gas for an outboard motor, and welding materials, were also seized in the operation.
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