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Authorities in Panama discover 421 kilos of cocaine hidden cargo ship coming from Cuba

April 16, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Authorities in Panama discover 421 kilos of cocaine hidden cargo ship coming from Cuba

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Authorities in Panama announced the seizure of 401 kilos, of cocaine discovered on a cargo ship destined for Belgium from Cuba.

According to Panamanian National Police officials, officers found the cocaine, stashed in tanks of cane-sugar syrup.

Although officials provided no further details on the raid, the discovery was enough for U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Florida) to issue a statement accusing the Cuban government, precisely the Castro regime of cocaine trafficking.

“The Castro regime has once again been caught red-handed violating international law and norms, this time, it reportedly was caught red-handed sending hundreds of kilos of cocaine to Belgium,” Diaz-Balart said.

He further stated, “this is just the latest instance in the Castro regime’s long history of links to narcotrafficking.”

The Cuban-American Diaz-Balart mentioned a 2015 case when authorities in Colombia discovered a shipment of weapons hidden on a cargo vessel from Cuba on a Chinese ship.

The Congressman also referred to another case that occurred in 2013,  in which Panamanian authorities caught the Castro regime attempting to smuggle 240 tons of military-grade weaponry, including MiG-21 fighter jets, to North Korea.

Diaz-Balart is one of the numerous Cuban-American members of Congress who have vehemently opposed President Barack Obama’s attempts to normalize relations with island nation’s communist regime.

Many security experts say the Obama Administration’s actions with regards to Cuba has only “emboldened” the Castro regime to “escalate its illicit activities.”

A source within the Panamanian government told EFE that the bust took place in Colón, Panama.

EFE and Fox New Latino contributed to this report.

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