In the last 12 months, the Naval Force of the Nicaraguan Army seized 685 kilos of drugs, between cocaine and marijuana, and arrested 27 people linked to the caches, its chief, ship captain Ángel Eugenio Fonseca Donaire, said Tuesday.
In addition, between August 2018 and July 2019, 3.8 million dollars, 100,570 córdobas (about 3,018 dollars), 14 naval means were seized, and 82 emigrants of different nationalities were detained, the military chief said in a report read on the occasion of the 39th anniversary of the Naval Force, in the presence of the country's president, Daniel Ortega.
Nicaragua is geographically located in a high traffic corridor of the drug that is produced in South America and then is transferred to North America, where Mexican cartels operate mainly and the main consumers reside.
In addition, the Naval captured 45 foreign vessels engaged in illegal fishing in Nicaraguan jurisdictional waters and arrested its 100 crew members.
In addition, they carried out 116 search, rescue and rescue missions in which they helped 58 vessels in which they rescued 359 people alive and 13 lifeless.
For his part, the head of the Army, General Julio César Avilés, stressed that since last June the Naval incorporated two corvettes in the Caribbean, its first warships in history, manufactured in the Netherlands.
The ships, corvettes 409 and 411 and baptized as "Sovereignty 1" and "Sovereignty 2", valued by the Government of Nicaragua at more than 13 million dollars, are responsible for monitoring Nicaraguan waters in the Caribbean, facing drug trafficking and provide security to the fishing industry, according to Aviles.
The ships have radars and advanced navigation and maneuver systems, they also have the ability to navigate for 25 days in a row without having to go to the port.
Until now, the Nicaraguan Naval Force fleet consisted of speedboats seized from organized crime, and two coast guard ships, operating in the Caribbean, Pacific Ocean, rivers and the Great Lake of Nicaragua.
The Naval Force, born on August 13, 1980 with the name of the Sandinista Navy, is part of the Nicaraguan Army, which will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its foundation next September.
The Nicaraguan Armed Forces were born on September 2, 1979, replacing the National Guard, first as the Sandinista Popular Army and from 1995 as the Nicaraguan Army.
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