The Brazilian Navy patrolman Ocenico Araguari (P-122) and that country’s federal police intercepted and captured a ship loaded with cocaine in Brazilian waters, about 270 km from the coast of Recife-Pernambuco, where it could have fit can.
The operation was carried out with extensive international coordination involving the Center for Analysis and Maritime Operations – Narcotics (MAOC-N) based in Lisbon / Portugal, the Drug Control Administration (DEA / USA) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) were / United Kingdom), which was used to identify a large amount of narcotics – believed to be hundreds of kilos of cocaine – on a sailing catamaran that had left Brazil for Europe.
Five Brazilian crew members who were transferred to the police superintendent in the aforementioned state of Pernambuco were arrested inside the boat. The boat was brought to Recife by the Navy on intervention by the Federal Police (Emergency Intervention Group / GPI). It is an unprecedented international cooperation operation in the history of Brazil, in which the Brazilian Navy uses an ocean patrol ship (NPaOc or OPV) for joint operations with the federal police in intercepting and boarding boats for drug trafficking. An Italian drug lord was arrested days ago in Recife and was responsible for numerous broadcasts.
The action strengthens the cooperation and the exchange of information with international institutions and refers to the identification of the most important criminal organizations as well as to the importance of constant monitoring and control of the 5.7 million km of Brazilian judicial waters through constant improvement of the so-called Blue Amazon Management System. (Javier Bonilla)
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