More than 8,000 pounds of cannabis were confiscated last week in several maritime operations that resulted in two ships sinking. Three ships in total were intercepted, while one sunk while attempting to evade Navy ships, according to a statement released by the Columbian Navy on Saturday. The Navy released a video on Twitter showing officers unloading marijuana packages, which were estimated to be worth $29 million.
The first incident took place when a Navy aircraft discovered a ship that was traveling in the northern Pacific region at a “high velocity.” The vessel eventually sank as a result of the water absorption brought on by the bad weather. Two people on board were rescued by authorities, who also seized cannabis packages totaling almost 5,000 pounds.
In another raid, authorities claimed that a fast ship had been spotted in the middle of the Pacific. Officials who intercepted the boat reported that more than 1,000 cannabis packages totaling 2,000 pounds were seized, and two people on it were arrested.
In the third incident, units from the Pacific Maritime Naval Force discovered a vessel with three people on board about 50 miles from the Baha Solano Coastline. Officials said the boat attempted to escape using evasive maneuvers but was unsuccessful and eventually sank. Those on board were rescued from drowning by the officers. Later, the Navy reported that 46 packages that had drifted to sea and contained around 2,000 pounds of cannabis were recovered.
Officials reported that a total of seven people were arrested and that more than 700,000 doses of cannabis were seized from the three incidents. The suspects will be charged with a number of felonies, including producing, trafficking, and carrying illegal drugs.
The Navy of Colombia has been active in capturing drug-laden ships off the country’s coast. A semi-submarine ship carrying almost 1,000 cocaine packages was stopped last month. Three men who were on board were arrested during the seizure. About a week prior, authorities in the same area busted another submarine carrying an enormous amount of drugs, two dead bodies, and two survivors. The 50-foot sub was carrying nearly 5,800 pounds of cocaine, which is worth more than $87 million. According to the Navy, the ship was headed for Central American nations, and the seizure prevented the sale of more than 6 million cocaine doses on the black market.
If marijuana were legal in Columbia, there would probably be fewer cannabis seizures since citizens would have access to a legal supply of the substance, and there would be additional benefits arising from the mushrooming of ancillary companies such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) serving players in the U.S. marijuana space.
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