Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard Seizes 120 Kilos Of Cocaine Off Of Sint Maarten … Three Men Detained
PHILIPSBURG — The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard said it seized 120 kilos of cocaine and detained three men from a go-fast boat off the coast of Sint Maarten late on Friday night.
The Coast Guard said a small boat was traveling at a high rate of speed with no lights on towards the Dutch-French island about 11 p.m. on Friday.
The Coast Guard vessel Groningen intercepted the boat but as it did one of the three men on board jumped off the boat with no clothes on.
An inspection of the boat revealed five packages of cocaine packed in watertight plastic on board — and two nearby in the ocean.
One of the three men allegedly threw two of the packages overboard.
The man who took his clothes off claimed that he was a Venezuelan whose ship had sunk and that the two men on board the boat rescued him from drowning.
But Coast Guard officers said the man did not have the appearance of someone who had been in the water a long time swimming.
The three men were turned over the Dutch police for processing and formal arrest on drug smuggling charges.
A Coast Guard NH90 helicopter was used to secure the two packages of cocaine that were thrown into the water near the boat.
The boat the men were piloting has been confiscated by Dutch authorities.