Dutch navy seizes cocaine from ship in Caribbean

5th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

The Dutch navy seized 1.32 tonnes of cocaine from a ship off the Dutch Antilles islands, the defence ministry said Saturday, a day after France announced a record bust in the region.

The Dutch frigate Van Speijk discovered the cocaine wrapped in 66 individual bags on board a Panamanian-flagged commercial vessel on May 24, some 56 kilometres (35 miles) from the island of Aruba.

The navy arrested the five crew Honduran crew and with Panama's permission sent them to the United States where the fight against drug trafficking in the region is being centralised, a navy spokesperson told AFP.

On Friday, French customs announced a record drug bust after seizing 1.39 tonnes of cocaine from a sailboat off the Caribbean island of Martinique worth nearly 100 million dollars.

The Dutch navy's biggest cocaine seizure was in 2008, when the Van Speijk discovered 4.2 tonnes of cocaine off the coast of Puerto Rico.

© 2010 AFP

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