The operations, which allowed the arrest of 21 people, were carried out in seven Departments of the country and Bogotá, including Panama and the Dominican Republic.
The Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado, presented the first results against organizations involved in drug trafficking activities, within the framework of the relationship of the Office of the Attorney General with the United States Agencies, including DEA, CIA and the FBI, and the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the U.S. Marshals Service.
The Delegate Office against Organized Crime, through operations carried out by the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking (Dirección Especializada contra el Narcotráfico (DECN)), between October 23 and 28 of this year, arrrested 21 alleged members of organizations involved in drug trafficking, destroyed two clandestine tracks and seized more than nine tons of cocaine hydrochloride. These operatives included countries such as Panama and the Dominican Republic, seven Departments of the country and Bogotá.
The Attorney General stressed that this administration has an “indeclinable commitment in the fight against national and transnational crime”, which has allowed these important results.
Operational activities against drug trafficking
Seizure of 2,600 kilos of cocaine: The Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking in a joint effort with DIJIN – National Police and the Navy, intercepted a boat transporting 2,600 kilos of cocaine in coastal waters of Necoclí (Antioquia). As a result, four Colombian citizens were arrested. According to investigations, the boat departed from Acandí (Chocó), headed for Costa Rica.
Seizure of 142 kilos of cocaine in Panama. The Office of the Attorney General, the National Police, the Navy and Panamanian authorities intercepted in Panama’s international waters a Go-Fast boat that was transporting approximately 142 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride. Two people were arrested in the proceedings: a national of Colombia and one of Honduras. The vessel, apparently, belonged to a transnational organized criminal group that commits crimes in Urabá and is involved in drug trafficking by sea from Colombia to Central America.
Seizure in Santa Marta. On October 24, the Office of the Attorney General and the Police seized in the Port of Santa Marta (Magdalena) 17.34 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride that were going to be concealed in a container headed for Antwerp (Belgium).
Seizure of 600 kilos of cocaine in Panama. Through an investigation carried out by the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking and Panamanian authorities seized in the port of Panama 600 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride that were found inside a container transported by a motor ship that allegedly departed from the port of Urabá on October 21st headed for Civitavecchia (Italy).
760 kilos of cocaine found in Caldas. The Office of the Attorney General and Police, in a search warrant proceeding carried out in a parking lot located in Chinchiná (Caldas), found a double-bottom cache with approximately 760 kilos of cocaine. The drug, apparently, belonged to a criminal structure in Putumayo and was being transported by land to Urabá where it would later be shipped to Central American countries, in association with the so-called Clan del Golfo.
Seizure of 2,148 kilos of cocaine in Antioquia. As a result of a joint work between the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking, the National Police and the Colombian Navy, a boat that transported approximately 2,148 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride was intercepted in the area of Punta Arena, jurisdiction of the municipality of Necoclí (Antioquia). Four Colombian nationals and one Honduran were arrested.
Destruction of two clandestine tracks. The Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking, the Judicial Police of that directorate in Atlántico, in conjunction with the Air Force and the Army, destructed two illegal tracks at the service of organized armed groups after a search warrant proceeding carried out on properties located in the rural area of the municipality Uribia (La Guajira). These tracks had been apparently used for the takeoff and landing of aircrafts involved in international drug trafficking.
Seizure of 2,045 kilos of cocaine in Tumaco. The Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking, the Criminal Investigative Corps (Cuerpo Técnico de Investigación-CTI) and the Navy detected a semi-submersible type boat that was transporting approximately 2,045 kilograms of cocaine in the coastal waters of Tumaco (Nariño). Three people were arrested: an Ecuadorian citizen, a Mexican and a Colombian national.
Seizure of 678 kilos of cocaine in Cartagena. Thanks to an operation coordinated by the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking, the National Police and the Navy, and a search warrant proceeding carried out in a residential area of Cartagena (Bolívar), 678.81 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride were seized. They were apparently going to be shipped in containers to various countries in Europe.
64 kilos of cocaine found in Huila. In a joint effort between the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking and the National Police, a truck that was transporting approximately 64 kilograms of marijuana hidden in boxes of fruit (granadilla) was intercepted in the village named El Dinde, municipality of La Plata (Huila), on the road to Inzá (Cauca). In the proceeding, the driver and his companion were arrested.
Seizure of 280 kilos of cocaine in the Dominican Republic. In compliance with the comprehensive strategy against drug trafficking, the Special Directorate against Drug Trafficking in coordination with SIJIN – National Police, DEA, the United States Coast Guard and the National Directorate of Drug Control in Puerto Rico, located, prosecuted and seized a Go-Fast boat transporting 280 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride in international maritime waters, in the area ofIsla Saona – Parque Nacional del Este (Dominican Republic). Three people of Dominican Republic were arrested.
“With these concrete and demonstrable facts, it is evident our commitment against crime, and the strength of our binational ties with the United States and it is also evident the international ties with the different countries in this frontal, indeclinable and definitive fight against drug trafficking in Colombia,” said the Attorney General, Francisco Barbosa Delgado.
The Office of the Attorney General makes this information public for reasons of general interest.