Panamanian Police Seize More Than 1,300 Kilos of Cocaine

By Dialogo
August 22, 2012

Panamanian authorities seized 1,362 kilos of cocaine in an abandoned speedboat left on a Caribbean beach, after it was spotted by the police, said a police source on Aug. 20.

The speedboat was located in Cocoyé, on the Atlantic coast, but “there is no person in custody because subjects fled during the night,” said Jorge Yanis, Chief of National Air Service’s Naval Group.

When authorities boarded the boat they found 57 bags of cocaine, totaling 1,362 kilos, Yanis said in a press conference, reporting on the operation called “San Lorenzo”.

According to the officials, it is presumed that the drugs were bound for the United States, although by the color and distinctive package in which the cocaine was wrapped, it could have had “a different destination”.

Colombian authorities alerted their counterparts in Panamá, after discovering that a shipment had left the Gulf of Urabá (Colombian Caribbean, Panamá border), according to Navy reports in that country.

According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Panamá is the third country in the region in terms of drug seizures, behind Colombia and the United States.