Uruguayan Navy Collaborated on Seizure of 270 kg of Marijuana in Haiti
By Dialogo April 16, 2010The Uruguayan Navy collaborated on the seizure of 270 kilograms of marijuana in Haitian territorial waters, the navy’s spokesperson, Capt. Anselmo Borges, announced in Montevideo. The seizure took place Tuesday, when Naval Aviation Helicopter A063, a Bölkow BO105, was performing a reconnaissance mission near Ile a Vache, according to a statement by the navy. Borges explained that the helicopter, embarked on board the ship ROU 04 “General Artigas,” which had begun its return voyage to Montevideo after unloading various Uruguayan donations in Port-au-Prince - principally two water-purification units, food, and medicine - carried out the reconnaissance mission at the UN’s request. While the mission was underway, the aircraft was alerted by the ship’s crew “to the presence of a suspicious craft heading toward the coast from the open sea at great speed,” for which reason the helicopter “proceeded in search of it, successfully intercepting it a few minutes later,” the statement says. “The launch’s three crew members, upon seeing that a military helicopter was approaching, ran the craft straight for the coast and left it adrift with its entire cargo as they ran to hide in the jungle,” the statement adds. The Uruguayan aircraft “immediately reported the events to the UN mission in Haiti and requested support from the Uruguayan naval base in Port Salut (part of Minustah), a few miles away, so that the base would send ships to seize the launch,” which they then “turned over to the competent authorities,” Borges said. Uruguay has a contingent of 1,162 ‘blue helmets’ deployed with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah).