Friday, November 11, 2016

HMCS Brandon and U.S. Coast Guard involved in drug bust – 700 kg of cocaine

HMCS Brandon, in cooperation with the U.S. Coast Guard, seized an estimated 700 Kg of cocaine in international waters off the Pacific Coast of Central America on November 5th.

The cocaine, worth an estimated $28 million U.S., was recovered from the ocean after being jettisoned by suspected smugglers in a panga-style fishing vessel
The vessel had been spotted by a USCG HC-130J aircraft patrolling the region.

HMCS Brandon launched two rigid-hulled inflatable boats with USCG law enforcement teams onboard to pursue the vessel and secure the 14 jettisoned bales
Operation CARIBBE is Canada’s participation in the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Caribbean Sea and the East Pacific Ocean.

The Canadian military has been taking part since 2006.