Photo: Large Cocaine Seizure by Colombian Navy
Navy ships found one ton of cocaine aboard an abandoned vessel anchored in the Caribbean and another 160 kilos aboard a boat in northwestern Colombia, navy spokesmen said Sunday.
The Muñequita, which held nearly one ton of cocaine in a double hull, was discovered off Isla Fuerte in Cordoba province.
The boat and its illegal cargo were taken to the coast guard station in the port city of Coveñas and turned over the CTI criminal investigations unit of the Attorney General’s Office, the navy said.
Navy personnel, meanwhile, seized 160 kilos of cocaine hidden in the double hull of the Nalunega, which had a crew of three and was carrying bananas.
The Nalunega was searched while it was docked at Wafe pier in Turbo, a city in the northwestern province of Antioquia.
Dogs trained to find drugs detected the presence of cocaine aboard the boat.
The vessel’s three crewmen and the cocaine were taken to the coast guard station in Uraba and handed over to prosecutors.
More than 35 tons of cocaine and other narcotics have been seized this year in Colombia’s Caribbean region, the navy said.