Another pursuit nets Guardacostas another go-fast boat, cocaine

Ministerio de Gobernación. Policía y Seguridad Pública photo
Anti-drug agents extract packages of cocaine that were hidden in the go fast boat.

The go-fast boat just couldn’t go fast enough, so the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas captured it off Manzanillo near Cahuita early Thursday.

The coast guard said that its officers found 400 kilos of cocaine hidden in a double floor of the boat.

This is the second boast of this type that the agency captured within a week in the Caribbean. Jan. 24 a coast guard patrol boat ran a similar craft onto a beach in northeastern Costa Rica. That resulted in the confiscation of 375 kilos of cocaine.

The 11-meter, open go-fast boats typically carry three 200-horsepower motors. The one captured Thursday carried a satellite communication device and a GPS locator. The coast guard said that both of the captured crafts left Rincón near Cartagena in Colombia. The two crew members were detained.

The events leading up to the chase and capture were not given, but there are U.S. Navy vessels and spotter planes in the area.

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