The permanent development of surveillance, control and security operations carried out by the Colombian Navy units led to the seizure of 3,420 gallons of contraband fuel, when they were being transported in an irregular manner on board three vessels through maritime and fluvial routes in the municipalities of Tumaco and Olaya Herrera, Nariño.
The first seizure was recorded in the El Bajito – Tumaco sector, when Coast Guard Station units carrying out a maritime checkpoint detected two vessels in which several individuals were suspiciously transporting a large number of canisters with fuel, so they immediately proceeded to call for their inspection. The subjects, upon noticing the presence of the authorities, drove the motorboats to the coastal area where they emplaced them and then fled.
In the area, with the support of troops from Marine Infantry Battalion No. 40, the motorboats, which did not have a registration number, were checked and a total of 52 tanks with 2,550 gallons of fuel illegally brought into the country were found inside, which were placed at the disposal of the CTI of the Attorney General’s Office.
Hours later, in a second checkpoint in Tumaco Bay, Coast Guard units stopped a third vessel named «Alquien 3», without registration, where 320 gallons of fuel were being transported. At the time of the inspection, the crew members of the vessel did not present the documentation proving the legal entry and transportation of the fuel in the country, so they were taken to the facilities of the Coast Guard Station of Tumaco, where they were placed at the disposal of the National Tax and Customs Directorate of Colombia – DIAN, for the crime of smuggling of hydrocarbons and their derivatives.
Finally, troops of the Marine Infantry Battalion No.15 deployed on the Patía River, Olaya Herrera – Nariño, seized 550 gallons of gasoline mobilized irregularly aboard a motorboat, since the required documents for its transportation were not presented, in accordance with the stipulations of provision 0001 of 2015 of the National Narcotics Council, which establishes a special control for the control of substances and chemical products that may be used or destined, directly or indirectly in the extraction, transformation and refining of illicit drugs.
It should be noted that, in the Pacific region of Nariño, gasoline transported illegally in large quantities is generally used by organized armed groups in the logistics chain of the illicit drug trafficking business, either for the manufacturing process, supplying power plants in laboratories and/or supplying motorboats for the transport and trafficking of illicit drugs, being one of the main inputs of this transnational crime. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)