Colombian Navy and Police have seized 50 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride transported on board a Panama-flagged general cargo ship which was en route to the Port of Colon, Panama.
The operation, conducted by the Coast Guard of Puerto Bolivar in coordination with the anti-narcotics division of police, was carried out at the Puerto Nuevo pier, La Guajira, on May 26.
A group of divers from the diving and salvage department of the navy undertook an underwater inspection of the 495 gross ton vessel named Carmen I, finding a cylinder loaded with cocaine.
The drugs, found in 50 packages, were seized and brought to the Riohacha Police Sation for inspection.
As disclosed, the cocaine, which has a street value of around USD 2 million, may belong to an organized armed group Los Pachenca.
World Maritime News Staff