Published On: Tue, Jan 2nd, 2018

Van Speijk intercepts 1600 kilos of cocaine

Zr.-Ms.-Van-SpeijkWILLEMSTAD - The naval ship Sr. Ms. Van Speijk has intercepted 1600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean. The drugs were transported on board a merchant ship that was en route to the Dominican Republic.

It was the second drug seizure for Van Speijk in two weeks. On Christmas Day, the helicopter of the naval ship discovered the suspect ship sailing under the Tanzanian flag. A team from the American Coast Guard then boarded the ship to search it. That did not yield anything in the first place.

The ship was chained in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. In new searches, the drugs were found on New Year's Eve in a space between the fuel tanks.

The ship, the drugs and passengers were transferred to the officers in the Dominican Republic. Van Speijk is currently conducting anti-drug operations in the Caribbean Sea. On 22 December, the naval ship intercepted 550 kilos of cocaine on board of a speedboat.

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