Panama’s SENAN Makes Four Cocaine Busts in 7-day Span

By Dialogo
March 25, 2015



Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) made four separate cocaine seizures during a seven-day period earlier this month.

On March 10, SENAN agents confiscated 262 packages of cocaine from the false bottom of a boat named “Rio” during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. Later that day, in a separate operation in the province of Colón, law enforcement officers arrested a suspect who allegedly possessed 39 packets of cocaine.

On March 13, SENAN officers arrested nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 packages of cocaine, also in the provice of Colón. The cocaine was aboard the Colombian-flagged "Doña Omaira" vessel, according to SENAN Commissioner Ramón N. López.

SENAN, which has seized 2,437 packets of cocaine since January, did not release the names of any of the suspects or the collect weight of the cocaine that agents seized in these three operations.

And in the fourth seizure, on March 16, SENAN agents arrested four suspects and confiscated 250 kilograms of cocaine from a boat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the province of Chiriquí. The names of the suspects were not immediately identified.

SENAN and the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) are branches of Panama’s Public Forces that have protected the country since the government abolished the military in 1990.

Panama is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers. About 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Colombian National Navy seizes FARC weapons and cocaine


Colombia’s National Navy recently teamed with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) to seize 1,337 kilograms of cocaine and an array of automatic weapons and ammunition believed to belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Chocó.

They found the cocaine, four rifles, a hand grenade and 210 ammunition cartridges during a search of a village along the Pacific Coast in a region near the country’s shared border with Panama.

Military and law enforcement officials believe the contraband belonged to the FARC, which operates in the region and uses proceeds from drug trafficking to finance its terrorist operations.

The Navy and the PCO-CTI did not immediately report whether security forces had captured any suspects in connection with the operation.


Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) made four separate cocaine seizures during a seven-day period earlier this month.

On March 10, SENAN agents confiscated 262 packages of cocaine from the false bottom of a boat named “Rio” during Operation Santa Catalina de Bolonia in the Province of Panama. Later that day, in a separate operation in the province of Colón, law enforcement officers arrested a suspect who allegedly possessed 39 packets of cocaine.

On March 13, SENAN officers arrested nine Colombians in connection with the seizure of 850 packages of cocaine, also in the provice of Colón. The cocaine was aboard the Colombian-flagged "Doña Omaira" vessel, according to SENAN Commissioner Ramón N. López.

SENAN, which has seized 2,437 packets of cocaine since January, did not release the names of any of the suspects or the collect weight of the cocaine that agents seized in these three operations.

And in the fourth seizure, on March 16, SENAN agents arrested four suspects and confiscated 250 kilograms of cocaine from a boat in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the province of Chiriquí. The names of the suspects were not immediately identified.

SENAN and the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) are branches of Panama’s Public Forces that have protected the country since the government abolished the military in 1990.

Panama is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers. About 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Colombian National Navy seizes FARC weapons and cocaine


Colombia’s National Navy recently teamed with the Specialized Judicial Police Directorate against Organized Crime (PCO-CTI) to seize 1,337 kilograms of cocaine and an array of automatic weapons and ammunition believed to belong to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Chocó.

They found the cocaine, four rifles, a hand grenade and 210 ammunition cartridges during a search of a village along the Pacific Coast in a region near the country’s shared border with Panama.

Military and law enforcement officials believe the contraband belonged to the FARC, which operates in the region and uses proceeds from drug trafficking to finance its terrorist operations.

The Navy and the PCO-CTI did not immediately report whether security forces had captured any suspects in connection with the operation.
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