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Thursday, May 19, 2022

11.5 Tons of Drugs Seized in Simultaneous Raids at Sea

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

The drugs were seized thanks to intelligence from the Colombian Navy, 12 Mexicans, 4 Colombians, 4 Panamanians, and 3 Ecuadorians were captured as well.

Thanks to intelligence information from the Colombian National Navy, authorities from Ecuador, the United States, Mexico, and Panama managed to seize 11,516 kilograms of drugs in simultaneous maritime interdiction operations.

According to estimates by the authorities, the more than eleven tons of narcotics seized from transnational criminal organizations would be valued at about $358 million dollars.


During security and maritime control operations, units of the Bahía Solano Coast Guard Station managed to seize 508 kilograms of cocaine, distributed in 17 sacks.

According to information from the Navy, the sacks with the drugs were found adrift, in what the authorities know as "seeding in the sea, in which, together with the drug traffickers, they deliver the coordinates of the location of the shipment to organizations of transnational crime, for its subsequent recovery and trafficking.


In Panamanian maritime territory, the first operations were carried out in the sectors of Chitré, Punta Mala, Punta Jaque, and San Carlos, where, thanks to intelligence information from the Colombian Navy, the National Aeronaval Service - SENAN of Panama, with the support of authorities of the Joint Interagency Task Force of the United States Southern Command (JIATFS), managed to intercept four speedboats in which 1,341 kilograms of cocaine and 1,090 kilograms of marijuana were mobilized.


Simultaneously, in the maritime area of ​​the Ecuadorian cities Salinas and Manta, units of the Ecuadorian Navy, together with JIAFTS soldiers, also thanks to Colombian intelligence information, managed to seize 3,684 kilograms of cocaine, when drug traffickers tried to take it out of the country on board of various vessels to Central America.


Likewise, in the development of three maritime interdiction operations in the waters of Jalisco, Acapulco, and Zihuatanejo, in Mexico, four motor ships loaded with 4,893 kilograms of cocaine were intercepted, at the moment in which drug traffickers tried to enter the shipments into the country.

The authorities confirmed that 12 Mexicans, 4 Colombians, 4 Panamanians, and 3 Ecuadorians were captured during these operations.

These massive busts come just a week after 1.8 tons of cocaine were seized in the Colombian Caribbean. On May 15, the Colombian Navy confirmed that 1,884 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride were seized in two operations carried out in Cartagena, Bolívar against organizations dedicated to drug trafficking. According to the authorities, this shipment was valued at more than $113 million dollars.

That shipment was attributed to the Clan del Golfo cartel, so far no information has been provided as to the source of these shipments.

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