Minister congratulates Coast Guard for role in US$125 million drug bust

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 09:30

Minister of National Security, Edmund Dillon is commending the Coast Guard on its inviolvement in a recent multi-million dollar drug bust in international waters.

The bust was made during a joint drug interdiction operation with the United States Coast Guard.

The interception which took place on 16 February, 2017 in international waters north of Paramaribo, off the coast of Suriname resulted in a find of 4.2 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of US$125 million.

The minister says this successful joint operation is demonstrative of the significance of maintaining close international and regional cooperation and coordination in addressing issues related to the transhipment of illegal drugs across borders.

The statement says the Ministry of National Security will continue to engage our international and regional partners on strategic and cooperative initiatives in several areas consistent with efforts to mitigate against cross-border crimes.