Navy intercepts 2,000 kilos of cocaine
15 August 2012, 15.57 hrs
The frigate HNLMS Tromp has intercepted a 2,000 kilo transport of cocaine in the Caribbean. The drugs haul took place in late June, but was not publicised before now so as not to jeopardise the investigation and ongoing operations.
After an American patrol aircraft had reported a suspect vessel, the operations centre at Parera Naval Base on Curaçao launched a large-scale search operation. Various international units, including the coastguard’s Dash-8 patrol aircraft and the air defence and command frigate HNLMS Tromp with Belgian Alouette on-board helicopter, set off in pursuit of the so-called ‘go-fast’. These very fast drug boats, this one equipped with 4 outboard motors, try to smuggle large quantities of drugs at a time by making a dash at lightning speed.