Another boat load of cocaine seized

Ydrugs042215et another boat containing cocaine has been stopped in the Pacific, said the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.

The Golfito-registered craft yielded 638 kilos of cocaine, said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The fishing boat was boarded at 5:30 p.m. Monday some 30 miles west of  Cabo Matapalo. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea participated in locating the craft.

One of the crew members, a Colombian, had been convicted in 2012 of carrying excessive amounts of fuel at sea, said the ministry.

The capture illuminated another aspect of drug smuggling. The boat carried four radio buoys. The ministry said that sometimes drug boat crews dump their illicit cargo into the sea and attach a radio locating device so that another craft can find the merchandise.

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