595kg of cocaine worth US$30m seized

The smugglers were apprehended north of the Guajira peninsula.— Reuters pic
The smugglers were apprehended north of the Guajira peninsula.— Reuters pic

MARTINIQUE, Oct 15 — A Franco-Colombian naval operation led to the seizure of nearly US$30 million (RM97.995 million) worth of cocaine in international waters off Colombia, the French military said yesterday.

The raid, carried out early Saturday, resulted in the arrest of three men travelling in a speedboat in which the 595 kilos of cocaine was hidden, the French chief of staff said in Martinique, a French island in the Caribbean.

The smugglers were apprehended north of the Guajira peninsula.

Go-fast boats are specially fitted-out vessels that are hard-to-detect and hard to intercept that are often used to smuggle drugs or other contraband from Colombia. — AFP

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