August 4, 2021 – The Colombian Government, through the Colombian Navy as a leader in the fight against maritime drug trafficking, executed the VII version of the Naval Campaign “Orión”, a multilateral effort in which means, capabilities and intelligence are integrated, to develop operations maritime, river, air and land coordinated with friendly countries that share an interest in countering the world problem of illicit drugs.
Thanks to the coordinated operations that were developed during the execution of the Naval Campaign “Orión VII”, outstanding results were obtained in the effective control of the sea, achieving the seizure of 116 tons of cocaine hydrochloride and 95 tons of marijuana, ready to be marketed. and consumed, equivalent to 306 million doses.
The impact on the transnational crime of drug trafficking in the different stages of the production of alkaloids was achieved with the seizure of 85 tons of solid supplies, 57,753 gallons of liquid supplies, two million plants of marijuana, two tons of marijuana seeds and 237 tons. of coca seeds.
Likewise, in a forceful blow to the criminal structures through an integrated effort with the units of the Colombian Army, 780 illegal infrastructures used for the processing of alkaloids were located and destroyed, affecting the production chain of this illegal substance.
Finally, in the development of operations affecting logistics and finances, three semi-submersibles and five aircraft were immobilized, 63 firearms with 2,342 ammunition cartridges were seized and more than 5,386 million pesos, 1,435,350 dollars, were seized. 48,255 lempiras, 16,500,000 euros and 2,052 reais.
A multinational integration campaign
The Orión Naval Campaign reflects the fulfillment of the commitments acquired by the Colombian State in multiple international instruments, among them those contemplated in the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988, in order to deal with greater effectiveness of the various aspects of illicit drug trafficking; In this sense, a strategic international cooperation alliance was made between Germany, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica, Ecuador, United States, El Salvador, Spain, France, Granada , Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Cayman Islands, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Suriname , Trinidad and Tobago, and Uruguay. This campaign has shown great adaptability in the face of a highly volatile and changing environment, managing to develop the Operation in the midst of the health emergency caused by COVID-19.
A total of 38 countries, 88 colombian and international institutions, who together made 104 maritime surface units, 222 interceptors and smaller vessels, 16 surface units, 102 river combat elements and river boats, 27 air-maritime patrols at the disposal of the Campaign. and aircraft, 19 helicopters and 5 unmanned systems, integrated into the coordination of multiple operations centers and intelligence fusion centers, both from the participating States and from multilateral organizations, such as the Joint Interagency Task Force South of the Southern Command of the United States (JIATF – S), the European Union Maritime Operations and Analysis Center against Drug Trafficking (MAOC – N), the Caribbean Regional Security System (RSS) and the Customs Law Enforcement Council of the Caribbean (CCLEC). Thus, the leadership of the National Government in the fight against this scourge was once again evidenced.
For Colombia, the approach to the world drug problem is framed in the principles embraced by the international community of common and shared responsibility, multilateralism, integrality, balance, international cooperation, respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of States, respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms, and non-selectivity and indictments. The economic impact of the Naval Campaign “Orión VII” is estimated at 7,564 million dollars, which directly impact the finances of criminal organizations and their logistical support, representing substantial achievements in the reduction of supply, security and public health Worldwide. To keep in mind During the seven versions of the campaign, developed since 2018, the fight against the transnational crime of drug trafficking was intensified, achieving in 285 days of operations, the seizure of 400 tons of cocaine hydrochloride, 499 tons of solid supplies, 223,551 gallons of liquid inputs and 1,180 laboratories were destroyed, affecting the production and traffic of this substance. In addition, 158 tons of marijuana, 74 tons of hashish, 79 kilograms of heroin and 39 kilograms of amphetamines were seized.