(Google Translation) – On Sunday, July 4, 2021, the Surveillance Frigate (FS) Germinal boarded a U.S.-flagged sailboat on the high seas, east of the Lesser Antilles. As they approached the Navy vessel, the two drug traffickers set fire to their boat in order to remove the illegal cargo. After extinguishing the fire, the crew of the Germinal recovered 310 kilograms of cocaine spared from the flames and arrested the two individuals.
The drug, most probably destined for Europe, represents a loss for drug traffickers of more than nine million euros on resale. This seizure is the7th catch of the year 2021 for the Armed Forces in the West Indies (FAA), which brings to more than 6.7 tons the amount of cocaine withdrawn from the market thanks to the aeromaritime means of the Armies.
This combined operation between the various State services, initiated by the Anti-Narcotics Office (OFAST), was conducted under the direction of the Prefect of Martinique, government delegate for state action at sea in the West Indies, and the Public Prosecutor of the specialized interregional jurisdiction of Fort-de-France.