A Royal Netherlands Navy vessel in the West Indies boarded a ship that contained 390 kilos of cocaine. The interception was carried out last August 26 off Bonaire, but the seizure was not disclosed until Monday, September 9 by the Dutch authorities.
The Dutch navy's HMS Groningen boarded the ship carrying the drug cargo, in close collaboration with the United States Coast Guards. The boat's crew and the cocaine have been handed over to the American authorities, who will continue the investigation. Since last April, HMS Groningen has been traveling the Caribbean, with the mission of fighting drug trafficking, but also humanitarian assistance, as well as search and rescue operations.
The Dutch ship which is to stay two years in the Caribbean has participated in particular, since its assignment in the area and in collaboration with the Dutch and American Coast Guards, in six seizures of drugs for an amount of about 3500 kilos, and in the rescue 57 people at sea during 5 missions. To carry out these tasks, HMS Groningen is equipped with an NH90 helicopter and two FRISC-type rapid intervention vessels. _RM
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