Saturday, April 16, 2016

401 kilos of cocaine found on Cuban ship; Diaz-Balart - Castro regime 'caught red-handed'

401 kilos of cocaine found on Cuban ship; Diaz-Balart: Castro regime
'caught red-handed'
Published April 15, 2016 Fox News Latino

Panamanian authorities seized 401 kilos, about 882 pounds, of cocaine on
a ship headed to Belgium from Cuba on Thursday.

The cocaine was found camouflaged among tanks of cane-sugar syrup,
according to the country's National Police (PN), part of operation Caña
Brava. The PN did not elaborate further on the raid.

Despite the lack of details available, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
(R-Florida) fired off a press release blaming the Cuban government and
the Castro regime for trafficking cocaine.

"The Castro regime has once again been caught red-handed violating
international law and norms," Diaz-Balart, a Cuban-American, said. "This
time, it reportedly was caught red-handed sending hundreds of kilos of
cocaine to Belgium. This is only the latest in the Castro regime's long
history of links to narcotrafficking."

Diaz-Balart pointed to a 2015 case in which Colombian authorities
discovered a hidden shipment of weapons from Cuba on a Chinese ship and
a 2013 case in which Panamanian authorities caught the Castro regime
smuggling 240 tons of military weaponry, including MiG-21 fighter jets,
to North Korea.

The congressman has opposed U.S. President Barack Obama's overtures to
normalize relations with Cuba's communist regime and has that the
initiative has only served to "embolden" the Castro regime and "escalate
its illicit activities."

The bust took place in Colón, Panama, an official source told EFE.

EFE contributed to this report.

Source: 401 kilos of cocaine found on Cuban ship; Diaz-Balart: Castro
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