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Colombia navy seizes 600 kilos of cocaine off Pacific coast

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Colombia’s navy seized 600 kilos of cocaine and detained three men aboard a vessel in Pacific waters, officials said Tuesday.

The vessel was located early Tuesday off Cabo Manglares, an area on the coast of the southwestern province of Nariño, the navy said in a statement.

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A navy ship from Ecuador, which borders Nariño, provided support for the Colombian operation, the navy said.

The suspects — two Ecuadoreans and a Colombian — “attempted to flee once they noticed the presence of law enforcement agents, and dumped the bales in the sea,” the navy said.

A boarding party inspected the ship and found “15 bales each weighing about 40 kilos” whose contents were tested and confirmed to be a total of 600 kilos of cocaine, the navy said.

The smuggling ship’s crew members were detained and face drug charges.

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