Already 5.2 tonnes of drugs have been removed from distribution networks by the Armed Forces in the Antilles (FAA). Last year, twelve tonnes of cocaine were seized in Martinique. The market value is estimated at 360 million euros.
The latest drug seizure took place on 5 July. Thanks to the cooperation of a maritime patrol aircraft and the Ventôse French surveillance frigate, 317 kg of cocaine were seized from a sailing boat 800 km north-east of Martinique.
The two crew members, the cargo and the yacht were taken to Fort-de-France by the Ventôse and handed over to the Ofast (Office anti-stupéfiants) Caribbean office on 8 July.
The Caribbean Sea is a major transit area for illegal drugs, mainly cocaine. These drugs are produced in South America and destined for markets around the world. Small Caribbean jurisdictions are vulnerable to the economic and social impact of drug trafficking.
Hence the importance of fighting drug trafficking in the Caribbean region.