HNLMS Holland intercepted drugs in the Caribbean Sea

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Dutch Navy ship HNLMS Holland executed a drug interdiction on the 25th of February, in cooperation with the Colombian navy the Caribbean Sea.

The go-fasts were discovered by a maritime patrol aircraft from the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard and a helicopter from the Colombian navy. HNLMS Holland sent an embarked helicopter from the US Coast Guard and the FRISC, a fast speedboat, with a combined team of the ships’ crew and embarked US Coast Guard law enforcement detachment. After giving stop signals, the go-fast wasn’t willing to stop. After the firing of some warning shots the suspected smugglers surrendered. The second go-fast was stopped by the Colombian Navy ship ARC Victoria. A total of 800 kilograms cocaine were seized.

The suspected smugglers and contraband were transferred to US Coast Guard custody. The suspected smugglers will be prosecuted in the United States.