Panama’s SENAN Seizes Large Amount of Cocaine

By Dialogo
March 30, 2015



Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) recently captured three Colombians and seized about 996 kilograms of cocaine in support of Operation San José, a security initiative in Panamanian waters in the Pacific Ocean. Agents made the interdiction and arrests south of the Azuero Peninsula, where the suspects had allegedly tossed the cocaine overboard in an attempt to hide the evidence; law enforcement officers then turned the cocaine over to the Antidrug Prosecutor’s Office.

SENAN and the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) have served as two of Panama’s primary security forces since the government abolished the Military in 1990.

Since January 1, SENAN agents confiscated 3,768 kilograms of illegal drugs, including 3,595 kilograms of cocaine and 173 kilograms of marijuana. Panama is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers; nearly 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Central America and Mexico, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board’s 2014 report.

Colombia’s National Navy seizes large volume of cocaine


Colombia’s National Navy seized 320 kilograms of cocaine that was hidden in an underground cove near the Pacific Coast in the Department of Nariño.

Infantry Troops with the Task Force Against Drug Trafficking’s Poseidón Unit uncovered the cocaine along with 432 gallons of illegal fuel in the port city of Tumaco, the Navy reported on March 24. Meanwhile, Troops with the Marine Infantry Battalion No. 40 patrolling the area found a boat and are investigating if the vessel would have been used to transport the cocaine.

The Operational Research Criminal Group Criminal Poseidón tested and weighed the cocaine. The Navy didn’t immediately report which drug trafficking group is suspected of having owned the cocaine or whether Troops made any arrests.

The Naval Force of the Pacific has now seized 5.8 tons of cocaine in 2015, which would have generated more than $156 million (USD) for drug traffickers.

The Navy is asking residents to use hotline 147 to report any suspicious activity while it continues to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods throughout Colombia’s Pacific region.


Panama’s National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) recently captured three Colombians and seized about 996 kilograms of cocaine in support of Operation San José, a security initiative in Panamanian waters in the Pacific Ocean. Agents made the interdiction and arrests south of the Azuero Peninsula, where the suspects had allegedly tossed the cocaine overboard in an attempt to hide the evidence; law enforcement officers then turned the cocaine over to the Antidrug Prosecutor’s Office.

SENAN and the National Border Service (SENAFRONT) have served as two of Panama’s primary security forces since the government abolished the Military in 1990.

Since January 1, SENAN agents confiscated 3,768 kilograms of illegal drugs, including 3,595 kilograms of cocaine and 173 kilograms of marijuana. Panama is a key transshipment point for international drug traffickers; nearly 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Central America and Mexico, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board’s 2014 report.

Colombia’s National Navy seizes large volume of cocaine


Colombia’s National Navy seized 320 kilograms of cocaine that was hidden in an underground cove near the Pacific Coast in the Department of Nariño.

Infantry Troops with the Task Force Against Drug Trafficking’s Poseidón Unit uncovered the cocaine along with 432 gallons of illegal fuel in the port city of Tumaco, the Navy reported on March 24. Meanwhile, Troops with the Marine Infantry Battalion No. 40 patrolling the area found a boat and are investigating if the vessel would have been used to transport the cocaine.

The Operational Research Criminal Group Criminal Poseidón tested and weighed the cocaine. The Navy didn’t immediately report which drug trafficking group is suspected of having owned the cocaine or whether Troops made any arrests.

The Naval Force of the Pacific has now seized 5.8 tons of cocaine in 2015, which would have generated more than $156 million (USD) for drug traffickers.

The Navy is asking residents to use hotline 147 to report any suspicious activity while it continues to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods throughout Colombia’s Pacific region.
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