French navy seizes 2.4 tonnes of cocaine off the coast of Martinique

French navy seizes 2.4 tonnes of cocaine off the coast of Martinique
French navy seizes 2.4 tonnes of cocaine off the coast of Martinique

The French navy seized 2.4 tonnes of cocaine from a Venezuelan fishing vessel in the Atlantic, 820 nautical miles (approximately 1,500 km) northeast of Martinique, the Armed Forces in the Antilles reported on Monday, May 27. (FAA).

The operation was carried out by the crew of the frigate Ventôse “on the basis of information transmitted by the General Directorate of Customs” in association with the anti-narcotics office OFAST, according to the FAA Facebook site.

The military, “after a relocation phase by its on-board Panther helicopter, proceeded to board the ship and seize 81 bales of cocaine”said the press release. “The crew members and their cargo were handed over to Venezuelan authorities at sea”he continued, noting that “this seventh seizure of the year 2024 brings the FAA’s toll to more than 12 tonnes of narcotics removed from the distribution networks”.

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A particularly intense Antilles-Guyana arc

Drug trafficking is particularly intense in the Antilles-Guyana arc, with traffickers using all means to transport increasingly large quantities from South America to Europe or the United States.

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In 2022, 27.7 tonnes of cocaine were intercepted, according to the authorities’ latest report, an increase of 5% compared to 2021, a figure multiplied by five in ten years.

Transport by sea is the main gateway for cocaine in France, with 75.4% of the quantities seized, or 16.3 tonnes. More than half (55%) of the white powder seized in 2022 came from the Antilles and Guyana, a transit zone before arriving in mainland France.

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