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2012-05-09

Operation Martillo: U.S., Colombian forces seize US$59M in drugs

By César Morales Colón for Infosurhoy.com — 09/05/2012

Speedboat carrying illicit cargo intercepted in western Caribbean Sea.

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Guided missile frigate USS Nicholas collaborated with the Colombian navy in the interception of a speedboat carrying more than US$59 million in cocaine in the western Caribbean Sea on May 6. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

Guided missile frigate USS Nicholas collaborated with the Colombian navy in the interception of a speedboat carrying more than US$59 million in cocaine in the western Caribbean Sea on May 6. (Courtesy of the U.S. Navy)

MIAMI – U.S. and Colombian Navy vessels intercepted a speedboat carrying nearly 2,200 kilograms (4,850 pounds) of cocaine in the western Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo on May 6. The cocaine had a street value in excess of US$59 million.

Partner nations are participating in Operation Martillo, a joint effort of Western Hemisphere and European nations to curtail illicit trafficking routes on both coasts of the Central American isthmus.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection P-3 Orion aircraft initially detected the speedboat, “El Kike,” and then turned over the tracking to a helicopter from guided missile frigate USS Nicholas.

The chopper, from Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 42 Detachment 9, tracked the go-fast vessel until the ship was in position to make a coordinated approach with the helicopter. The vessel then stopped, jettisoned about half of its cargo, then turned and headed toward Colombia at top speed.

The USS Nicholas adjusted its course while contacting nearby forces – USS McClusky and the Colombian Navy ship ARC 20 de Julio – for assistance. A helicopter from HSL 49 Detachment 8 attached to McClusky maintained surveillance of the go-fast boat and diverted it into Colombian territorial waters where it was intercepted by the Colombian Navy.

“With the help of some friends, we accomplished what we set out to do – disrupt the drug trade,” said Cmdr. Stephen Fuller, commanding officer of Nicholas. “Interdictions are challenging, but with the help of McClusky, Customs, and the Colombian Navy, we executed a successful operation.”

Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States are participating in Operation Martillo, which started in the middle of January 2012.

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  1. vicky 08/04/2012

    Regards, I need help I am looking for a gentleman who was taken to jail in July, 2012 because of drugs in the U.S. and it was in the newspaper and truly I am tired of looking for him and not finding him please. Who can help me...

  2. Alvaro r. 07/26/2012

    As long as there are consumers, there will be suppliers, it doesn't matter whether they're from Latin America or Indochina. What they need to do in the consumer markets is control the use and the distributors, if there's no more use, interest in producing goes away. This is called the law of supply and demand. So many athletes, artists and good people have hurt themselves with drugs, but fighting the producer is not how you're going to put an end to this. It's by controlling "THE USE". That is how to put an end to the death of so many young people our Latin American countries, who have been dragged into the temptation of an easy business.

  3. david 07/23/2012

    How good

  4. eliana andrea rendon martines 07/23/2012

    See the newspaper

  5. jake garcia 07/19/2012

    Regarding this I will make a personal comment I have lived in the United States since I was a child, what the country should do is have control over the addicts it has as long as it has users they will have sellers the jails are full of drug traffickers living a good life even inside because they have all their air conditioning very clean those taking care of them spending millions of dollars taking care of mafia members for the rest of their lives when they could make a law like stopping the drug addiction that country has the United States, make the DEA, INTERPOL and all those federal police not waste their time as long as there are buyers there will be sellers, they like playing cat and mouse.

  6. rocio rivas 07/16/2012

    you are a bunch of silly idiots

  7. gesper orogongas 07/14/2012

    I AM LOOKING FOR MY SON WHO DISAPPEARED IN 2008. THE LAST TIME HE WAS IN THE TOWN OF VILLA COLOMBIA UNDER BAUDO CHOCO COLOMBIA PLEASE HELP ME.

  8. gesper orogongas 07/14/2012

    In this country justice and intelligence fail, they haven't been able to find, since 2008, a young man who disappeared, who was assassinated in the town of Villa Colombia under Baudo Chocó, he was buried as n.n., in that place and his documents were also stolen I don't know what for, but the truth is that my son has disappeared and is buried in a cemetery in that place and no civilian, governmental, police, military or political authority has given me information on his corpse, a YOUNG MAN NAMED JAIME LUIS OROZCO SOLIPA, was tricked and taken away presumabley to work in the Cauca valley in other words in Cali. In 2008, and later I found out that he was murdered in Villa Colombia department of Chocó in 2009 in March. I would appreciate any information cell 3145626738. SINCERELY, GASPER..

  9. maria paz 07/12/2012

    Drugs are a poison to the body and soul. In Bolivia drugs are not legalized, but it isn't prohibited either since our Government gets rich on the money that comes in from the drugs that are exported, that is why it is the main defender of coca leaves and the representative of the coca growers.

  10. Juan Carlos Suarez 07/09/2012

    Here in Bolivia, Cocaine is everywhere, it is even in the MAS government, since the President is the leader of the 6 coca growers federations in Chapare. There is a lot of money and a lot of money is laundered, daily more and more factories are found, everything with the government's blessing. It would be good that for once and for all the Government of the USA and others would intervene in Bolivia and arrest all the Narcos, even those in the government and eradicate all the coca crops, because it's a lie that the people use or chew coca leaves, almost all the coca leaves produced go to drug trafficking, at least one of each coca grower who has his plot of coca leaves for producing cocaine paste and selling it to the Mexican and Colombian cartels. Here tons and tons are produced and no one does anything about it, they even expelled the DEA, tomorrow they'll expel the NAS and then the U.S. ambassador. Why be so patient with governmental crime? As long as the narcos are swimming in money, here we, the poor, suffer from hunger, only because we don't want to stain our dignity with drug trafficking. Please, someone do something so Bolivia can stop suffering from this world-wide scourge.

  11. edwin 07/06/2012

    United States is the main since it is the main illegal exporter with Colombia legalize it like in Aruba and Texas

  12. guillermo 06/23/2012

    Why is there so much confusion and so many countries involved, when the U.S. can just attack the Colombian jungle and destroy not just the laboratories but also the plantations. They don't do it because they don't want to, because the yankees can't live without drugs, on top of all the money they have. This could be solved if the USA would get going and there's a political order to do so, with so much DEA, CIA and ASN it would be impossible for one gram of drugs to get through. I would like Colombia to flood CHINA with COCAINE and see what happens. Thank you .-

  13. Santiago Bolivar 06/20/2012

    I wonder, will Venezuela some day attack drug traffickers effectively, or is it that those who should carry out this task are implicated in the business. A noted crime, that while they detect shipments in the cities on the border with Colombia, and in the country's central region, large shipments are going through the Orinoco river, with the complicity of certain authorities, to Trinidad and the rest of the eastern Caribbean through Europe. Is our government doing anything about it?

  14. RODERICO FAJARDO CORDON 06/18/2012

    THE GUATEMALAN POLICE FORCE'S LACK OF MORAL, ETHICAL AND PROFESSIONAL PRINCIPLES IS THE REASON FOR THE FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT AND LACK OF PUNISHMENT FOR THE DRUG TRAFFICKING STRUCTURES AND SOME LAW AGENTS WHO SELL THEMSELVES TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER.THAT IS WHY IMPUNITY IS A SOURCE OF WEALTH.

  15. ELSA POTTE 06/17/2012

    DEAR COMMANDER I WRITE TO YOU AS A DESPERATE MOTHER TO ASK YOU A FAVOR, IF YOU CAN POSSIBLY HELP ME, LET ME TELL YOU THAT THERE ARE A NUMBER OF STORES IN THE SAN LUIS NEIGHBORHOOD, WHICH IS IN THE SOUTH FROM HIGHWAY 3 TO HIGHWAY FOUR ALL ALONG 94TH STREET THAT SELL HALLUCINOGENIC DRUGS, ALL OR MOST OF THE STORE OWNERS HAVE TORRES AS THEIR LAST NAME; WHO, ACCORDING TO THEM, ARE ALL FORMER PARAMILITARY MEMBERS AND WITH THAT INTRODUCTION THEY HAVE PRESSURED THE COMMUNITY THAT IF SOMEONE REPORTS THEM THEY WILL KILL THEM, AND WHOEVER GETS INVOLVED WITH THEM LOSES SINCE THEY HAVE ALREADY HAD SOME PEOPLE KILLED ACCORDING TO THEM, THEY GOT INVOLVED IN THEIR BUSINESS, THEY NOT ONLY SELL EVERYDAY PRODUCTS AT THE STORES, BUT ALSO HAVE LOTS OF HALLUCINOGENIC DRUG BUYERS AMONG THEIR CLIENTELE, THOSE STORES DON'T JUST SELL TO THESE INDIVIDUALS, THEY ALSO SELL TO CHILDREN FROM 9 YEARS OLD TO TEENAGERS, WHICH I SEE WITH GREAT PAIN, SINCE ALSO HAVE CHILDREN AND I SEE THEM IN THE SAME DANGER OF USING DRUGS. ONE OF THEM NICKNAMED EL COCO HIS NAME IS RICHAR JOSE TORRES A YOUNG MAN HE HAS A PIKO IN ADDITION A GROUP OF DISTRIBUTORS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS, I KNOW THIS BECAUSE ONE OF MY CHILDREN TOLD ME. LA PLACITA : 94TH STREET AND 5B LA NIÑA MARYORY : 94TH STREET Nº 4B - O4 MI TERRACITA OR LA TERRACITA : 94TH STREET Nº 3- O5 CORNER TIENDA SAN LUIS : 94TH STREET AND HIGHWAY 4 CORNER - (THE BIG BOSS) STORE LA CANDELARIA : 91ST STREET Nº 2D - O5

  16. picante 06/17/2012

    Operations like these need to be more often in order to hit the drug terrorist mafias of the FARC and the ELN. Go hard against those rats who feed off drug trafficking

  17. DElisa 06/12/2012

    Good for everyone who contributes to eradicating the scourge of drugs. Commentators,you should take writing courses, it's very bothering to read things that are poorly written. The ones against it are from Venezuela you know what party they're with and who they are enslaving.

  18. German Martinez 06/09/2012

    Good job, but what is the cost for the countries involved in this war against drug trafficking? Wouldn't it be better to legalize drugs and have the governments take control like they do with alcohol they would save tons of capital as well as human lives. There are more deaths from violence generated by drugs than those killed by using drugs. Holland legalized marihuana and hashish and at least they get some profit.

  19. guri guri 06/07/2012

    I hope the U.S. can always take advantage of the shipments to cover up their internal crisis, they know well that no matter what is said about drugs, they will always want traffickers that can seize the shipments from Latinos to sell them freely in their countries, let's not pretend you are the most corrupt in the world with drugs, you've made a deal and we the Latinos lay it at your feet for you to consume and above all for the internal revenues of your people, while the Latinos want the money to develop their countries, you want it all, drug corrupt U.S.

  20. DANILO BORGES 06/05/2012

    that one was caught and how about the others who came in by the sea, maybe the double has passed, only you can’t see it.

  21. optimista 06/03/2012

    I don't understand why Honduras, with all its problems, should have to be concerned and use its resources to fight a war for the U.S.A., caused by the U.S.A.' gigantic DRUG USE, Honduras and its people are one more victim of the people and interests of the transnational drug companies and of the cash flow it generates. In the U.S.A. the domestic fight against (the demand) the use of drugs is very poor, and attacks, not very successfully, the sector that controls the SUPPLY through repressive means, it would seem that all they want to control are the channels through which the money and drugs flow.

  22. floryan van der vil 06/03/2012

    For each ton of cocaine seized, 20 tons go through somewhere else. It seems to be unending, it is a vicious or repetitive cycle. What would happen if drugs were legalized? Drug use and sales are now allowed in Holland, Bolivia, California and some regions in Asia.

  23. EL PERRÓLOGO 06/03/2012

    FIRST, to congratulate EVERYONE who participated in that great operation, for their perseverance, seriousness and professionalism. SECOND, to suggest to those who write here, use "spell check" because there are some who truly, EMBARASS ME, and THIRD, I recommend to JUAN CARLOS MARTINEZ, to become better informed before commenting, since his comments seemed biased and out of context....Thank you for allowing me to participate.

  24. Juan Carlos Martinez 05/29/2012

    Well, tough luck, the U.S. must be wanting to cut its veins because the feast is gone, when they threw half of the shipment into the ocean and then the ship went to Colombian territory, then they couldn't take over the treasure that is always theirs (the deal), of course they still have lots of time to send their diving teams to recover what was thrown into the ocean and then have a PARTY and distribute it. LATINOS ALWAYS GO TO JAIL AND AS USUAL THEY'RE THE GOOD GUYS IN THE MOVIE... interesting deal, isn't it?

  25. alexa zelaya 05/24/2012

    I admire you, congratulations. Costa Rica is a very developed country and has a high level of education the news is very positive and I would like to live in your country, sincerely Alexa from Honduras. We must educate our children starting at home so they grow into good people with principles and values maybe I can visit your country soon I would love to because here in Honduras there are almost no jobs I graduated from a Master's degree in Business Administration I am now writing my thesis it will be reviewed on June 22 the subject of the thesis is: ASIDE Collection Techniques" It is a NGO I HAD THE PLEASURE of doing my professional internship at that institution.33788 ççççççççççççççççççç 33788

  26. maryory velez barraza 05/23/2012

    Let me tell you the best program is 'yo me llamo' discover the talent those children have it's wonderful. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS YOU

  27. Hernan Brito 05/21/2012

    This operation against illegal trafficking of banned substances such as drugs is a good choice. It is true that our country, given its border with the sister Republic of Colombia and having a border many kilometers long where it is impossible to deploy an armed forces contingent to stop the trafficking of these substances, in Colombia as well as in our country Venezuela. Besides,the FARC guerrillas make it impossible for either nation to have control. It is also known that this mafia of drug traffickers has a lot of money to bribe the tax collectors or border posts in both countries. But the fight against this evil has to be faced with the whole weight of the law in both nations. I congratulate the 14 countries for their collaboration in the timely stopping of the final step of these drugs, which is the U.S.

  28. manuel salvador alonso curbelo 05/20/2012

    This kind of operation such as a permanent observation of our sea and air topography would be of vital importance to minimize the daily smuggling that is openly carried out in the central western region of our territory, particularly small aircrafts flying in the middle of the night.

  29. tatiana 05/20/2012

    um well ok I guess

  30. victor bernabe enriquez 05/20/2012

    how do they figure out how to do it

  31. Pedro Tarache belfon 05/19/2012

    This is an excellent operation, but now I wonder why not impose stricter sanctions on the COUNTRIES that don't act against this scourge, such as: high tariffs on their products, investigation of financial assets held in international banks, with strict sanctions, not against the banks, but their shareholders. Establish a corps with universal focus to search and capture, a law that very clearly explains the loss of all the rights of anyone involved and judges with proven moral rectitude, here in Venezuela our neighborhoods are bleeding to death and authorities do nothing since prosecutors, judges and police have become corrupt to such a level that we say each man is on his own.

  32. yeisoncordoba machado 05/18/2012

    I LIKE CHANNEL CARACOL'S NIGHTLY PROGRAMMING IT IS THE BEST. COULD YOU REPEAT LA MULA QUE SE LLEVO AL PEATON POR DELANTE [THE DONKEY THAT RAN OVER THE PEDESTRIAN] MAY 17 2012 SINCERELY YEISO

  33. federico 05/18/2012

    Once again allow me to express my congratulations for the enormous work being done by Operation Martillo against international drug trafficking CONGRATULATIONS.

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