Panama Seizes Over 28 Tons of Drugs in 1998!

Panama Seizes Over 28 Tons of Drugs in 1998!
Posted by FoM on December 30, 1998 at 19:39:19 PT

PANAMA CITY XINHUA - Panamanian authorities seized over 28 tons of drugs this year, three tons more than last year, anti-drug chief prosecutor Rosendo Miranda said on Wednesday. 
Miranda said that the drugs included 11 tons of cocaine, as well as crack, marijuana, heroin and opium. Miranda said most of the drugs were seized on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts bordering Colombia, from which drug cartels send shipments to the United States and Europe. The official said that the country's coasts were now heavily patrolled by Navy and customs patrol boats, while Air Force planes had been spraying herbicide on marijuana plantations extending over 6.6 hectares in Darien province's Pacific coast. Police have also detained 638 alleged drug traffickers this year, including 111 foreigners. Referring to the blacklisting of Panama by the United States in this year's certification process, Miranda said that his anti-drug operations had not been carried out to please U.S. officials. 
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