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At least three ships loaded with drugs were detained this Monday in the Eastern Pacific.
In an operation conducted by the Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton in conjunction with the Squadron Tactical Interdiction helicopters , the arrest of three ships carrying about seven tons of cocaine and 638 kilos of marijuana both equivalents held 324 million of dollars reported is Monday the United States Southern Command.
“This is nothing but piles of drugs that will never hit the streets of our city,” said Chief Petty Officer Robert Tetzlaff.
The exuberant seizure occurs after 80 days of an operation in which the Coast Guard also participated, an act in which eight alleged drug traffickers were also arrested.
“By keeping this threat away from our shores, we make the United States safer,” Teztlaff continued.
Likewise, the Southern Command specified that two of the three vessels were semi-submersible , built near the waterline to avoid detection.
The two smuggling suspects reportedly sunk their ship in an alleged attempt to prevent the Hamilton crew from locating any contraband.
The Hamilton police team arrested the individuals and turned them over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for possible prosecution. “
These types of operations, explained the Southern Command, “are essential to interrupt and dismantle transnational criminal organizations that try to smuggle drugs across the ocean to Central and North America.”
Source: La Prensa