BONAIRE (KRALENDIJK) - Zr.Ms. Groningen, which is currently sailing for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard (DCCG) makes it quite difficult for drug smugglers in the Caribbean Region, the DCCG said on Tuesday evening in a press statement.
The patrol ship sailing in the region since April 2022, since then has added a great number of drug seizures to its list. On Monday, another go-fast vessel was intercepted with more than 1.600 kilograms of drugs.
The total amount of confiscated contraband now amounts to more than 5.500 kilograms for the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. The last quantity was confiscated on August 8th, after a smuggling vessel was intercepted.
The go-fast boat was discovered the night before by the Maritime Operation Centre (MOC) of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard. The MOC alerted the Zr.Ms. Groningen immediately. The ship was present the next morning in the area and launched both fast interceptors (FRISC’s), which intercepted the go-fast vessel.
Shortly before that, the crew on board of the go-fast threw the packages of drugs overboard when they realized they were being chased. Once Zr.Ms. Groningen was alongside, the go-fast was ordered to stop and the suspects surrendered.
The crew of Zr.Ms. Groningen and the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard removed 66 packages with a total of 1.600 kilos of drugs from the water.
The eight suspects and the contraband have been handed over to the ‘Korps Politie Caribisch Nederland’ (KPCN) for further handling of the case. The contraband has now been destroyed.