Colombian navy seizes tonne of cocaine

September 12th, 2012 - 12:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Bogota, Sep 12 (IANS/EFE) Colombian naval units found nearly a tonne of cocaine on a high-speed boat travelling in Caribbean waters near San Andres Island, the military said Tuesday.

The four men aboard the launch Pez Caribe were taken into custody.

The boat was spotted by an aerial patrol, which contacted the regional naval command on San Andres.

The smugglers tried to flee when navy boats approached, hurling several bales of cocaine into the sea in an attempt to distract their pursuers.

Naval units finally intercepted the Pez Caribe about four nautical miles from San Andres, located near the coast of Nicaragua.

The 956 kg of cocaine found aboard the launch was bound for “a storage center somewhere in Central America”, the navy said, estimating the value of the consignment at roughly $30 million.

–IANS/EFE
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