Colombia Interdicts Another Major Cocaine Shipment

June 17, 2020 (Google Translation) – About a ton of cocaine apparently belonging to the Residual Organized Armed Group “Structure 30”, was seized by Colombian Navy Units in the Pacific, at the time when three subjects were trying to move it aboard a boat.

The forceful operations of control, security and maritime interdiction, added to the naval intelligence information, allowed the Pacific Coast Guard Units, with the support of the ships ARC “Monzón” and ARC “7 de Agosto”, to detect a manned lobster-type vessel by three subjects, who were moving at high speed suspiciously and evading the controls of the Colombian Navy.

Immediately, the maritime interdiction operation began, which, in conjunction with an aircraft from the Colombian Air Force Combat Air Command No. 7, allowed the motor ship to be intercepted in the Boca de Chamuscado sector, south of Buenaventura, Valle del Cauca, in which 30 bags of different colors were found, with packages that apparently contained narcotic substances, communication equipment and 500 gallons of fuel.

The material, the boat and the subjects were transferred to the pier of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station, where in compliance with the sanitary protocols to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, medical examinations were carried out on the three Colombian subjects in order to verify that they did not present symptoms associated with COVID-19; none presented health alterations.

For their part, members of the Technical Investigation Corps carried out the Homologated Preliminary Identification Test – PIPH on the substance found in the packages, yielding positive for 901 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, which represented an expectation of profit of more than 29 million dollars in the international illegal market, for the Armed Organized Residual Group Structure 30, also avoiding the circulation of 901,000 doses.

The alkaloid, the communications equipment, the boat and the seized fuel were made available to the competent authorities, along with those captured, who must answer for the crimes of traffic, manufacture or carrying narcotic drugs.

The Colombian Navy ratifies its commitment to the continuous development of registry, control and security operations throughout the Colombian Pacific Coast, to continue countering the illicit economies, especially drug trafficking, of transnational crime organizations, with units deployed in the maritime, land, river and air scenarios.

The consumption of narcotics affects the health of millions of people around the world on a daily basis. The chain of production of narcotics, especially cocaine hydrochloride, only generates violence and poverty in the national territory and in the civilian population, in addition to considerably affecting the environment.

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