Colombian traffickers saved by cocaine bales
Three suspected Colombian drug smugglers were interdicted by the Colombian coastguard in shark-infested waters off the Colombian coast, clinging to cocaine bales after a rogue ocean wave capsized their boat. Courtesy Colombian Coast Guard. Shipwrecked suspected
Three suspected Colombian drug smugglers were interdicted by the Colombian coastguard in shark-infested waters off the Colombian coast, clinging to cocaine bales after a rogue ocean wave capsized their boat. Courtesy Colombian Coast Guard.
Shipwrecked suspected Colombian drug smugglers saved in shark infested waters clinging to incriminating cocaine bales
BOGOTA, Colombia (CN) — In a twist of fate, three suspected Colombian drug smugglers survived in shark-infested Pacific waters by clinging for hours to floating bales of cocaine, Colombia’s Coast Guard said last week.
The Colombians are suspected of smuggling 1.2 tons of cocaine from Tumaco in Colombia when their boat was hit by a wave Saturday and capsized, Capt. Jorge Maldonado of Colombia’s Task Force Against Drug Trafficking told Agence France-Presse.
By the time the men were picked up around 30 nautical miles from Tumaco by a Colombian coastguard vessel, they had been in the water for about seven hours, Maldonado said.
“The coast guard arrived and these three people were floating on a material that by its characteristics resembled drugs,” Maldonado said.
The men were taken ashore along with the floating bales, which tested positive for cocaine hydrochloride.
The men were in good health and will face charges of drugs trafficking.
The search is continuing for a fourth man whom the men said was with them.
“Very possibly they were on their way to Central America,” Maldonado said.
The port of Tumaco is one of the main conduits for drugs leaving Colombia for Central America and the United States.
Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and the United States its biggest consumer.
Courthouse News Service.