Colombia Leads Multinational Cocaine Intercept Operation in the Pacific

May 28, 2021 (Microsoft Translation) – During the development of two maritime operations under the international cooperation agreements in the fight against drug trafficking, the Colombian Navy, with intelligence information provided in a timely manner to the authorities of Ecuador and Costa Rica, managed to seize more than two tons of cocaine transported aboard a semi-summary and a speedboat , in the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

In the first operation, guided with intelligence from the Colombian Navy, Ecuadorian Navy authorities in coordination with the Peruvian Navy and the Mexican Navy managed to intercept a semi-submersible naval artifact carrying 1,390 kilograms of cocaine, 390 nautical miles north of the Galapagos Islands , in Ecuadorian waters. Three Colombian nationals who crewed the artifact were captured and transferred to Ecuador for prosecution.

The second operation was advanced by the authorities of the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service, who, in the development of a sea chase 35 nautical miles from the border with Panama, managed to seize a shipment of 547 kilograms of cocaine illegally transported aboard a go fast boat and which would apparently be in the destination of the coasts of this country.

In these multilateral efforts, 1,937 kilograms of cocaine, a semi-summary and a go fast vessel were seized.

With these important results in the front struggle of countries in the region against transnational drug trafficking crime, more than $65 million was prevented from entering criminal organizations, the result of the commercialization of narcotic drugs in international illegal markets, hard-hitting their finances. Similarly, 4,842,500 doses of cocaine were prevented from circulating, helping to mitigate public health problems from psychoactive substance use in countries in the region.

The Colombian Navy will continue to develop joint, coordinated, combined and multilateral operations against drug trafficking organizations in order to close national and international maritime spaces to this multinational scourge affecting public health, especially young people, around the world. It will also continue to work to improve regional interoperability, strengthen trust among countries engaged in the fight against illicit drugs, integrate international effort in the fight against drug trafficking and strengthen maritime and river interdiction at the regional level.

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