Europe 1 with AFP 7:54 p.m., February 04, 2022

The armed forces in the West Indies announced that they intercepted on January 29 in the Caribbean Sea a "go fast" carrying 680 kilos of cocaine.

A total of 19 bales of cocaine, for an estimated resale value of 47 million euros, were recovered.

The alleged traffickers, two Dominicans and two Venezuelans, were handed over to the antenna of the Anti-Narcotics Office of Martinique.

A "go fast" carrying 680 kilos of cocaine was intercepted in the Caribbean Sea on January 29, the armed forces in the Antilles announced on Friday, a new seizure off the Caribbean island.

The Germinal surveillance frigate of the French Navy caught up with the speedboat whose four occupants were trying to flee while throwing drugs into the sea.

47 million euros

A total of 19 bales of cocaine, for an estimated resale value of 47 million euros, were recovered.

The suspected traffickers, two Dominicans and two Venezuelans, were handed over to the antenna of the Anti-Narcotics Office of Martinique.

They will be tried on May 12 by the Fort-de-France criminal court after asking for a delay to prepare their defense.

In the meantime, they have been remanded in custody.

Several important seizures in recent months

Several large seizures of cocaine have been made in recent months on the ground or off Martinique: on January 18, customs discovered one ton on two sailboats in Marin Bay (south), and a record catch of 1. 4 tons had been made on the island in December 2021. The Caribbean region, close to the three main producing countries (Peru, Colombia and Bolivia), is a hub for cocaine trafficking.

The drug most often transits through the Caribbean islands to then reach European countries.

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