BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Anti-narcotics police have intercepted a motorboat carrying 1.2 tons of cocaine chlorohydrate in the Pacific ocean 70 nautical miles south of Panama’s Azuero Peninsula, National Police reported on July 21.
The interception, which was supported by the United States’ Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was part of Operation MARTILLO, a multinational effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations by limiting their ability to use Central America as a transit zone.
Four suspects were arrested in connection with the drugs.
According to the police, the boat and the cocaine belonged to an organization that has been using the coastal region of the Naya river, Cauca, as a drug-trafficking route to the central American countries.
[AFP (United States), 21/07/2014; National Police (Colombia), 21/07/2014; El Espectador (Colombia), 21/07/2014]