The naval ship Zr.Ms. Holland intercepted about 850 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean on Tuesday. This was done in collaboration with the Caribbean Coast Guard. Three suspects have been arrested.
Crew members of the Zr.Ms. Holland tracked down a suspicious go-fast boat smuggling drugs, after which two fast interceptors were deployed with the Dutch Fleet Marine Squadron on board. A stop signal was given during the pursuit at sea, after which the suspects surrendered.
Some of the drugs had already been thrown overboard by then. These packages were later fished out of the water. In total, it involved about 850 kilos of cocaine. The suspects and the drugs have been handed over to the Aruba Police Force. The batch of cocaine has since been destroyed.
Zr.Ms. Holland has been active as a station ship in the Caribbean since October last year. Intercepting drugs is one of the tasks. The Holland does this alternately with the Caribbean Coast Guard and the American Coast Guard.