7.9 tons of cocaine seized off Caribbean coast

17:07, July 27, 2011      

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Authorities from Colombia, the United States, Honduras and Panama have seized at least 7.9 tons of cocaine off the Caribbean coast, Columbian National Navy said Tuesday.

In an operation, a U.S.-flagged vessel was intercepted in San Blas Islands of Panama. A total of 3.454 kg of cocaine was seized when the ship was sailing from Cartagena in Colombia to Colon in Panama, said a navy source.

Two people, one Spaniard and one Colombian, were on board, added the source.

In another operation, a semi-submersible with about 4.5 tons of cocaine aboard was intercepted in international waters.

The ship was spotted by a U.S. maritime patrol aircraft. The four Colombians and a Honduran on board tried to go underwater to escape when they saw law enforcement authorities, the navy said.

The navy attributed the success of the operations to exchanges of information among relevant countries in line with maritime agreements.

Over two-thirds of cocaine sent from South America to the United States now pass through Central America, where countries concerned have signed agreements to jointly fight drug-trafficking. Earlier in June, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged more aid to these countries.

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