Coordinated maritime control efforts between the Colombian Navy and the National Police have resulted in a 574-kilogram drug bust in the Colombian Pacific.
The Colombian Poseidon Task Force Against Drug Trafficking intercepted two vessels in waters off the Tumaco municipality.
Three Colombians and two Ecuadorian citizens made up the crews of the boats. After searching the motor boats, officials found 27 large and one small package containing cocaine.
The Colombian Navy said the traffickers were also stripped of some $ 11,000 in cash they were carrying. The traffickers, boats and seized material were transferred to the Coast Guard Station of Tumaco and made available to the competent authorities.
A preliminary test confirmed that the 547 kilograms of seized contraband were cocaine hydrochloride. The five captured will be prosecuted for trafficking, possession and manufacture of drugs.
The Pacific Naval Force has seized 52 tons of cocaine so far in 2015 thereby causing the drug cartels to lose approximately $800 million.
Naval Today Staff