Published On: Wed, Dec 27th, 2017

Navy ship intercepts drug transport in the Caribbean Sea

WILLEMSTAD - The naval ship Zr.Ms. Van Speijk, the station ship of the Royal Netherlands Navy in the Caribbean, intercepted about 550 kg of cocaine on a 'go-fast' in the Caribbean Sea during the night of 21 to 22 December.


The Dash-8, the maritime patrol aircraft of the Caribbean Coast Guard (KWCARIB) was also used to support the Zr.Ms. Van Speijk. After the detection, the RHIB, the Van Speijk interception vessel, was dispatched with a Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from the American Coast Guard on board to intercept the 'go-fast'. After the vessel was boarded, 28 bales of cocaine (about 550 kg) were found and confiscated. The persons on board were arrested and transferred together with the contraband to a vessel of U.S. Pat. Coast Guard.

On behalf of the Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean, Zr. Ms. Van Speijk is currently operating anti-drug operations in the Caribbean. The ship and its crew are part of a permanent multinational anti-drugs operation led by the Joint Interagency Task Force South. The ship operates within a Taskgroup on which the Commander of the Navy performs command in the Caribbean. Anti-drug operations are one of the main tasks of Defense in the Caribbean.

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