(Daily Herald) PHILIPSBURG–The crew of patrol ship Zr. Ms. Groningen of the Royal Dutch Navy and a Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard team arrested thirteen suspects of drug transport at sea on August 10. Nearly 2,900 kilograms of drugs were confiscated.
Zr. Ms. Groningen patrols the waters of both the Leeward and Windward Islands, and supports the American, French and British Navies in tracing drug shipments in the Caribbean Sea. The actions of the patrol ship and the Coast Guard are coordinated from the Maritime Operation Center (MOC).
At the direction of the MOC, which had spotted a suspicious vessel on the radar, Zr. Ms. Groningen changed its course early Tuesday morning and approached the boat, which then took off. Fast-raiding interception and special forces craft FRISCs were used in pursuit.
The five suspects on board the vessel threw bales of drugs into the sea during the chase. The Coast Guard was able to retrieve the drugs: 100 kilos of marijuana and 450 kilos of cocaine.