Huge drug bust of 9.7 tons of cocaine in the Caribbean Sea

During eight different operations in the Caribbean Sea, authorities from the Netherlands, Colombia and the United States intercepted 9.7 tons of cocaine. The drugs were destined for the US and Europe and, according to the Colombian authorities, have a street value of 327 million dollars (310 million euros).

A total of fifteen people of different nationalities have been arrested. It is not yet known to which authorities they have been handed over.

In one of the operations, a cargo of more than 5 tons of cocaine was intercepted in the territorial waters of Aruba, Colombian media report. The party floated in the water and is said to have had the Dominican Republic as its destination, a transfer point for cocaine. Four other operations targeted fast motorboats.

In the Caribbean, several agencies work together in the investigation of drug crime. The Dutch Royal Navy has been involved in international cooperation for many years. In 2022, 109 tons of cocaine were already intercepted by international cooperation, according to the Colombian authorities.

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