Mob lost millions in 1000-kilo cocaine shipment
VANCOUVER – Police say the drug mob lost millions of dollars when authorities intercepted a sailboat from Panama that carried 1001 kilos of cocaine.
Two men were taken into custody near Port Hardy when authorities boarded the 50-foot vessel identified as the Huntress. Police said the vessel was carrying one of the largest hauls of cocaine seized in B.C. coastal waters.
Scott Pedersen, 39, of Victoria and Vicente Hernandez, 38, of Mexico, are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.
Police also seized an inflatable boat and sophisticated electronic navigational equipment.
“This bust shows the sheer magnitude of just one organized crime operation which would have translated into hundreds of millions of dollars of cocaine on the street,” said Solicitor General Kash Heed.
Authorities said the size of the haul is a clue that it was being ferried to B.C. by organized crime.
“Cocaine is a drug that fuels a significant level of violence in our society. It is a dangerous drug and it has all the makings to destroy many lives in our society when it is distributed amongst our communities and we are determined to intercept this distribution,” said Superintendent Brian Cantera, chief of the federal drug enforcement branch.
Police think others on shore were waiting to pick up the shipment and distribute it throughout the country.
“The Police are asking for the public’s assistance as this is an ongoing investigation for any information that they may have with regard to this case,” said Staff-Sgt. Dave Goddard.
“Police believe that there are further individuals that are associated to this Criminal Organization and any information that is received will be kept in the strictest of confidence. Please call the RCMP at: 778-571-7535.”
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