Coast Guard intercepts 128 kilos of cocaine
WILLEMSTAD - The action which preceded this interception started on the eve of the weekend, when Zr.Ms. Groningen chased a suspect vessel without lights. This boat sailed at high speed to St. Maarten.
The naval vessel is currently conducting coastguard operations. The Frisc, the fast interceptor boat Zr.Ms. Groningen was then used by a boarding team from the Coast Guard to retrieve the vessel. Shortly after midnight, the Frisc was able to come alongside the vessel, after which the three members of the boarding team boarded.
During the conversation with the two crew members, a man was found in the water near the two vessels. This man was taken aboard the Frisc. The second Frisc of the Groningen still searched for other men but did not find them.
The Frisc then escorted the small vessel towards St. Maarten, the crew members found were then inspected by the staff of an ambulance. The men were handed over to the local police.
The next day the crew of the Groningen found five packages of cocaine in the water. They were spotted by a lookout of the station ship, and the NH90 helicopter and the board Frisc were deployed. Further investigation showed it to be 128 kilos of cocaine. The packages were transferred to the Coast Guard authorities in St. Maarten.