Colombian Navy Seizes over Half a Ton of Cocaine

During a maritime interdiction, units from Colombia’s National Navy intercepted a go-fast vessel named “La Fe,” with 680 kilograms of cocaine on board.
WRITER-ID | 19 March 2013

The Colombian Armed Forces found 680 kilos of cocaine from a go-fast vessel on March 14. (Photo: Colombian Navy/Cdr Carlos Delgado)

During a maritime interdiction, units from Colombia’s National Navy intercepted a go-fast vessel named “La Fe,” with 680 kilograms of cocaine on board.

The operation was carried out at about two nautical miles northeast of the area known as Cabo Marzo, in Chocó department, after a suspicious vessel was detected by the National Navy ship ARC “Medardo Monzón,” which was performing surveillance operations and notified the Coast Guard to proceed with the maritime interdiction on the suspicious vessel.

A Coast Guard quick reaction force initiated the persecution of the motorboat, which had a crew of three Colombian nationals, who attempted to escape when they noticed the National Navy’s units. When the vessel was being verified by the naval personnel, possible modifications were detected on the boat’s structure, so the crew and the motorboat were taken to Bahía Solano’s Coast Guard Station.

Bundles containing 600 packages of drugs were found when inspecting the vessel’s thwarts.

Legal authorities made the Certified Preliminary Initial Test on the substances, which resulted in 680 kilograms of high purity cocaine. The three individuals were detained under the charges of drug production, carrying and trafficking.

The cargo has an estimated value of over $17 million, and according to preliminary information, it could belong to criminals who work for drug trafficking organizations and were trying to take it to Central America.

So far this year, Colombia’s National Navy seized about five tons of cocaine only on the Pacific coast.

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