Seizure of more than 48 Tons of Cocaine in 45 days

May 9, 2019 (Google Translation) – From today in Cartagena, the operational meeting of evaluation, analysis and lessons learned with the participating countries is carried out, and the planning of a new phase will begin.

The Orion III Maritime and Fluvial Naval Campaign, led by the Colombian Navy, allowed eight concurrent operations, in the jurisdictional waters of each country, over the Caribbean Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the border rivers; The seizure of 48,338 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, 19,752 kilograms of marijuana, 1,067 kilograms of basic coca paste, and the capture of 160 people in the service of drug trafficking will be achieved.

The Colombian Navy, as a leader in the fight against drug trafficking in Central and South America, has developed in three versions and with excellent results, the Orion Naval, Maritime and River Campaign, with the aim of strengthening multimodal interdiction operations (maritime, fluvial , aerial) focused on dismantling transnational drug trafficking networks and related crimes that affect the entire region. These are combined operations that coincide with the countries of the region, interested in continuing to contribute efforts in the fight against the global problem against drugs, turning Colombia through its Navy into a national and international reference.

The most recent Orion III Campaign was attended by 18 countries: Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, the Netherlands, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Jamaica and Nicaragua, with their respective Armed, Coastguard Services, entities in charge of the Judicial Police and international institutions such as SEACOP (Seaport Cooperation Project), MAOC (Maritime Analysis and Operations Center) of the European Union; and observer countries such as Argentina, Canada and Chile.

In addition, national institutions such as the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the Special Brigade Against Narcotrafficking of the National Army, the Counternarcotics Directorate of the National Police, and the Colombian Air Force and national institutions such as the Office of the Attorney General of the Nation, the Special Brigade Against the Narco-trafficking of the National Army, the Counternarcotics Directorate of the National Police, and the Colombian Air Force.

Sensitize the concept of shared responsibility among the countries affected by the phenomenon of drug trafficking in the region, improve regional interoperability, strengthen the trust between the countries involved in the fight against illicit drugs, integrate the international effort in the fight against drug trafficking, strengthen maritime and fluvial interdiction at the regional level, dismantle drug trafficking networks, among others; will be the objectives with which the Naval Campaign (Maritime and Fluvial) Orion, will continue to be successfully led by the Colombian Navy, to combat this scourge.

The Naval Campaign (Maritime and river) Orion I, II and III, which have been led by Colombia, has allowed, during 105 days of operation, the seizure of 94,223 kilograms of cocaine, equivalent to 45,962.4 hectares of crops of coca, and in turn constitute 235’557,500 doses that stopped being consumed, which represents an expectation of profit of $ 3’175’315.100 USD (price in US costs). In terms of seizure of marijuana, the results were of 26,745 kilograms, representative in 66’862,500 of doses and with an expected value in US coasts of 133’725.000 USD, which are consolidated in a substantial affectation to the chain of value of drug trafficking and are part of the achievements in terms of prevention of consumption, decrease in supply, as a fundamental part of the public health and safety of the States.

The success of this Campaign is the strengthening of the maritime, fluvial and air component, with the inclusion of means and capabilities, which operate under the command and control of each of the participating countries and through their respective Armed Forces, Coastguard Services , Air Units and other agencies involved in the operation, to work under the same objective and with the synchronization and coordination established, through the International Intelligence Fusion Centers and the International Operational Coordination Center.