U.S. Donates Speedboats to Nicaraguan Navy’s Counter-narcotics Fight

By Dialogo
April 29, 2015



The U.S. has provided the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force three refurbished speedboats to combat narcotrafficking and organized crime, with the promise of donating a total of 21 boats.

The boats, which had been seized from narcotraffickers by the U.S. Navy, underwent a $375,000 restoration project before they were donated -- including the installation of communication and navigation equipment. They’ll be used to stop narcotraffickers in the Nicaraguan Caribbean.

Since 2000, Nicaragua has seized 152,965 kilograms of cocaine, heroin and other drugs. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report. Nicaragua has bolstered its counter-narcotics fight in recent years by forming partnerships with countries throughout the Americas and in Europe.

Successful joint operation along Nicaraguan-Honduran border


In support of Operation Morazán Sandino, the Nicaraguan and Honduran Armies seized 860 kilograms of drugs and destroyed two illegal airstrips along their countries’ shared border during joint operations between April 1-22.

The armies also confiscated 67 weapons, 11 grenades, 12 vehicles, and seven vessels used by criminals. Neither the Nicaraguan nor Honduran Army immediately reported which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned any of the contraband.

Operation Morazán Sandino is focusing on 17 areas along the Nicaraguan-Honduran border. The armies are working together as a result of a bilateral agreement the countries signed in April 2014 that allows them to strengthen security along their shared border.

Colombia’s National Army destroys 2 cocaine laboratories


Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force of the Colombian National Army’s Second Division destroyed two cocaine-producing laboratories belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Norte de Santander.

During the operation, they seized 220 gallons of processed coca base and 160 kilograms of urea – an essential ingredient to make cocaine – among other supplies and equipment from the two wooden structures which were allegedly operated by the FARC’s May 29 Company. The Army didn’t immediate report if any suspects were captured in connection with any of the seizures.

The FARC is the country’s largest guerrilla group and uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist organization. The Army continues to ask residents to use hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity while they continue to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods nationwide.


The U.S. has provided the Nicaraguan Army’s Naval Force three refurbished speedboats to combat narcotrafficking and organized crime, with the promise of donating a total of 21 boats.

The boats, which had been seized from narcotraffickers by the U.S. Navy, underwent a $375,000 restoration project before they were donated -- including the installation of communication and navigation equipment. They’ll be used to stop narcotraffickers in the Nicaraguan Caribbean.

Since 2000, Nicaragua has seized 152,965 kilograms of cocaine, heroin and other drugs. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report. Nicaragua has bolstered its counter-narcotics fight in recent years by forming partnerships with countries throughout the Americas and in Europe.

Successful joint operation along Nicaraguan-Honduran border


In support of Operation Morazán Sandino, the Nicaraguan and Honduran Armies seized 860 kilograms of drugs and destroyed two illegal airstrips along their countries’ shared border during joint operations between April 1-22.

The armies also confiscated 67 weapons, 11 grenades, 12 vehicles, and seven vessels used by criminals. Neither the Nicaraguan nor Honduran Army immediately reported which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned any of the contraband.

Operation Morazán Sandino is focusing on 17 areas along the Nicaraguan-Honduran border. The armies are working together as a result of a bilateral agreement the countries signed in April 2014 that allows them to strengthen security along their shared border.

Colombia’s National Army destroys 2 cocaine laboratories


Soldiers with the Vulcano Task Force of the Colombian National Army’s Second Division destroyed two cocaine-producing laboratories belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the Department of Norte de Santander.

During the operation, they seized 220 gallons of processed coca base and 160 kilograms of urea – an essential ingredient to make cocaine – among other supplies and equipment from the two wooden structures which were allegedly operated by the FARC’s May 29 Company. The Army didn’t immediate report if any suspects were captured in connection with any of the seizures.

The FARC is the country’s largest guerrilla group and uses narcotrafficking proceeds to fund its terrorist organization. The Army continues to ask residents to use hotlines 146 and 147 to report any suspicious activity while they continue to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods nationwide.
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