SINT MAARTEN/CURACAO - During two drug seizures in the Dutch Caribbean Region Zr.Ms. Groningen has intercepted almost 1.000 kilograms of cocaine. This already happened on September 11 and 12 but was only announced today Thursday by the Dutch Ministry of Defense. During the first capture, the suspects only surrendered after warning shots.
In both cases the Zr. Ms. Groningen was informed about suspicions go-fast boats by a USA patrol plane. The fast interceptor boat FRISC then came into action. On board was not only the crew of the Groningen, but also a delegation from the US Coast Guard.
During the second interception operation, no warning shots were necessary and the persons operating the go-fast surrendered. All suspects and a total of approximately 985 kilos of contraband have been handed over to the Americans. They will proceed with the investigation and persecution process.
Since May 2023 Zr.Ms. Groningen is active as patrol ship in the Caribbean Region. The Dutch Navy ship, amongst other assets, is deployed during counter drug operations. This I done together with the Coast Guard Dutch Caribbean Region and the US Coast Guard.