Drug seizures totaled $274 million in El Salvador

The Defense Minister, Francis Merino Monroy, made a balance of the total drug seized by authorities in 2021 and its market value, which exceeds $274 million, this morning during a television interview. «During the year, we seized a total of 11.8 kilograms of different types of drugs, and this amounts to more than $274 million,» — said the minister.

He added that only in the last drug seizure carried out at dawn on December 27, 700 kilometers south of Punta Remedios, Acajutla, Sonsonate, a total of 4,156 kilos of cocaine were seized.

He added that only in the last drug seizure carried out at dawn on December 27, 700 kilometers south of Punta Remedios, Acajutla, Sonsonate, a total of 4,156 kilos of cocaine were seized.

«Another of the greatest achievements of 2021 was the seizure of two LPVs (Low Profile Vessels). This has only been achieved in countries like Colombia» — the Minister highlighted.

During the procedure carried out on December 27, two submersible vessels were seized and two Ecuadorians and five Colombians were detained, with a total of 55 foreigners captured for illicit drug trafficking in 2021.

According to the authorities, in 2021, throughout the national territory, between January 1 and December 31, 2021, a total of 3,088 people were arrested for drug-related crimes.

The official added that «with this seizure, we are in the top 5 of marinas that seize two submersibles in one operation. In that sense, we are ranked among the 5th. This year, two similar operations have taken place. One took place off the coast of Colombia and the other was carried out by the United States Navy»