Third drug bust for naval ship in Caribbean
WILLEMSTAD - The Dutch navy ship Zr.Ms. The Seven Provinces has intercepted more than 250 kilos of cocaine at the beginning of this month. Last month, the frigate intercepted 400 and 600 kilos of cocaine respectively.
The action on the Caribbean Sea was, as with the earlier interceptions, a successful cooperation with Belgian and American units.
Following a report by a US patrol plane on a suspect sailboat, Zr.Ms. The Seven Provinces sailed to the designated location. The sailboat was searched by a team of the US Coast Guard which sails with the frigate. In addition, it became clear that the vessel had more than 250 kilo contraband on board.
Part of the contraband was thrown overboard by the sole occupant. The Belgian helicopter, which is aboard the Zr.Ms. The Seven Provinces, was deployed to inspect the sailboat and surroundings for suspicious activities.
The suspect, the vessel and the drugs have been transferred to the US Coast Guard. The action took place in the framework of the international drug operation Carib Venture, led by the Commander of the Navy in the Caribbean.
Zr.Ms. The Seven Provinces has been in the Caribbean since January this year. Here it is used as a station ship until May for coast guard duties and anti-drug operations.