PHILIPSBURG:— Dutch Navy frigate De Zeven Provincien intercepted a fishing boat smuggling marijuana in the Caribbean Sea. 400 kg of the contraband was seized. This interception happened in excellent cooperation with the Belgian helicopter and the US Law Enforcement Detachment that are stationed on board of the frigate. The patrol aircraft of the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard was also involved. The suspected smugglers are taken in custody by the US Coast Guard.
The fishing boat was detected just before sunset on an evening patrol. When the frigate approached the suspected boat, they crew tried to get away. During their escape, multiple packages of contraband were thrown overboard. The Zeven Provincien started the chase, while the Belgian helicopter inspected the area on more suspicious movements.
400 kg of marijuana were retrieved out of the water. The exact amount of contraband is expected to be higher, but due to the chase, the crew of De Zeven Provincien was not able to retrieve all the packages. The suspected smugglers are taken in custody by the US Coast Guard.
Source: St. Martin News Network Fishing Boat Intercepted with 400kilos of marijuana by Dutch Navy.