On 25 April 2022, the Colombian National Police seized about 200 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a container in Buenaventura, coming from Ecuador.
Adapting to emerging threats due to increased contamination in the high seas on the Pacific area bound for Europe, the SEACOP project is exerting renewed efforts to support institutions combating drug trafficking in the area.
Notably, SEACOP promotes the coordinated and collaborative work of the different institutions that combat drug trafficking. Indeed, organised criminal networks’ constantly evolving modalities require the joint work and effort of different institutions in order to obtain intelligence on criminal transport groups, possible suitable vessels and risk profiling of containers selected for rip-off contamination.
In this particular operation, the Directorate of Intelligence of the Ecuadorian Navy, the Antarctic Directorate of the National Police of Colombia and the Panamanian Air and Naval Service of Panama have joined forces to achieve the seizure.
This inter-agency coordination is being supported by SEACOP in collaboration with the European Agency Frontex.