After nearly six months of intense investigations carried out by specialist staff from the Iquique Maritime Police together with the Tarapac Regional Prosecutor on Sunday November 22, more than half a ton of cocaine, a drug transported from Peru, was seized. and that its ultimate destination was the central zone of Chile, which is the largest sea seizure in history as a result of an investigation carried out solely with the assistance of the Chilean Navy.
The line drawn during the investigation made it possible to determine that the drug would be transported by sea from Peru with a smaller fishing vessel in order to avoid being discovered by the various customs controls and police on its journey to the central zone, where it will eventually be distributed and commercialized. . In this context and with knowledge of the route to be followed by those involved, employees of the Maritime Police and the Immediate Response Group (GRI) of the Fourth Sea Zone were intercepted on board various maritime patrol units that were intercepted in the Punta de Lobos sector 90 kilometers south of Iquique Halibut fishing vessel.
During the operation, 16 drug packages were found on board that disposed of a total of 532 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride worth approximately 14 million dollars, equivalent to approximately one million doses. During the seizure, three crew members of the ship involved and three alleged members of the organization, mainly operating from Caleta Guardiamarina Riquelme in Iquique, were arrested.
The investigation is now continuing for the local Iquique prosecutor who is trying to determine the scope of this drug trafficking network and obtain the arrest of all of its members. Defense Minister Mario Desbordes appreciated the work of the Navy in guarding the maritime border of the country: after more than 6 months of investigation by the Chilean Navy together with the Regional Prosecutor of Tarapac, who allowed to disrupt a gang who was the drug from Peru bring. I think this is an operation that the Chilean Ministry of Defense and the Navy are proud of. This shows that there is a need to have a lot more Maritime Police equipment and a lot more resources than today. The result is really impressive and I can only congratulate the maritime police, but also draw the attention of all citizens to the fact that investments are essential so that we can protect our maritime border in the best possible way. The Navy and DIRECTEMAR make every effort possible. Our maritime police are an international example and it proves it.
For his part, the Commander in Chief of the Fourth Marine Zone, Rear Admiral Alberto Soto Valenzuela, stressed the institution’s efforts to protect the maritime borders. This is a faithful demonstration that Chile is a Zealand and that it is produced in the sea and there are also shortcomings. As a result, the Chilean Navy, through its maritime authority, must maintain a high level of activity to offset the potential vulnerability of our borders. On this particular occasion, approximately 40 sea servants, three surface units and the fourth sea zone immediate response group attended. We are very happy with what has been done.
Finally, the Tarapac Regional Prosecutor, Ral Arancibia, gave details of the investigation carried out in collaboration with the Navy: The analysis of the related activities carried out by the Maritime Police revealed that this organization, which had already participated in other human trafficking, would act again, and with various techniques that the 20,000 law allows, we have been able to find the right moment to take this enormous amount of drugs. Today 6 prisoners go through the detention control. They are all Chileans, including one of them who lives in Tacna, Peru, who coordinated and delivered the express drug.
Source and photo: Armada de Chile.
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