Uruguay Announces Its Biggest-Ever Drug Seizure

By Dialogo
October 16, 2009

Uruguayan authorities confiscated some 2,000 kilos (4,400 lbs.) of cocaine at a small marina on the outskirts of Montevideo, the biggest drug haul in the history of the South American nation. Coast guard sources told EFE the seizure followed a six-week investigation that led to a yacht anchored on the Santa Lucia River in the town of Santiago Vazquez. Two people thought to be the owners of the yacht were arrested. Media outlets said the detainees were Polish or Serbian nationals who bought the British-registered vessel in Santiago Vazquez a few months ago for $265,000. The drugs apparently arrived in Uruguay by sea and were destined for European markets. Authorities think the yacht was to be used to transport the cocaine out of coastal waters for transfer to a larger ship to make the trans-Atlantic voyage. Cocaine is produced in Colombia, Peru and Bolivia.