Coast guard crew members have captured a boat hauling an estimated 100 kilograms of cocaine.
The crew of a U.S. anti-drug aircraft tipped the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas Tuesday evening of a suspected drug run near the Pacific coastline that borders Panama.
Two coast guard cruisers intercepted the 42-foot vessel with four Colombians aboard. By that time, the boat was 15 miles off the coast of Playa Sirena on the Osa Peninsula. The coast guard’s director, Martín Arias, said the men did not stop their boat when initially approached.
They eventually started to pull plugs out from the boat to sink it, and agents were forced to fill the holes with their own shirts to keep the ship afloat, officials said.
According to the report from the security ministry, though the suspects managed to throw some evidence overboard, four packets were still salvaged. Agents found 27 fuel tanks aboard. The boat, loaded with modern navigation and communications systems, had three outboard motors.
Both the ship and the four men were taken to Golfito. The ship was handed over to drug control officials for further investigation.
Authorities say the four packs are presumed to contain 100 kilograms of cocaine.
Costa Rican authorities credited the crew of the U.S. aircraft for chasing the craft and sending it into Costa Rican waters.
Since Wednesday afternoon drug control officials on patrol boats and aircrafts have been monitoring the waters around where the arrest was made to find the discarded evidence.
Officials have also been collaborating with Panamanian authorities since the tides could carry the remaining evidence towards their patrol zones, they said.