Authorities in Panama, the United States, Costa Rica and Colombia seized 6,626 drug packages, almost 60 percent cocaine, and arrested 27 people, during a joint operation developed from April 1 to April 30 in Pacific and Caribbean waters.
The Ministry of Public Security of Panama reported today that during the so-called joint Operation FTC-4 Kraken II, 3,928 cocaine packs, 2,575 of marijuana and other illicit substances to be determined were seized.
"This operation was carried out from April 1 to April 30, 2018 in 14 coastal zones of the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea in Panama, Costa Rica and Colombia, where several drug trafficking organization (DTO) gangs that sent drugs to the northern triangle of Central America were dismantled" made up of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, according to an official statement.
In the operation, the Panamanian Armed Forces seized 3,371 packages, the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service 1,509 packages; the National Armed Forces of Colombia (FAN) 1,019 packages, and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the United States 727 packages of narcotics, said Panamanian official information.
He added that 27 alleged drug traffickers of different nationalities and 6 illegal migrants were detained, without further specification, also 5 speedboats, 2 boats, a fishing boat and three vehicles were confiscated.
The Panamanian authority recalled that in 2018, 84.6 tons of drugs were seized in the country and that between January 1 and May 14 of this year 18 tons of illicit substances have been seized.