A Coast Guard quick reaction force initiated the persecution of the motorboat, which had a crew of three Colombian nationals, who attempted to escape when they noticed the National Navy’s units. When the vessel was being verified by the naval personnel, possible modifications were detected on the boat’s structure, so the crew and the motorboat were taken to Bahía Solano’s Coast Guard Station. The cargo has an estimated value of over $17 million, and according to preliminary information, it could belong to criminals who work for drug trafficking organizations and were trying to take it to Central America. During a maritime interdiction, units from Colombia’s National Navy intercepted a go-fast vessel named “La Fe,” with 680 kilograms of cocaine on board. The operation was carried out at about two nautical miles northeast of the area known as Cabo Marzo, in Chocó department, after a suspicious vessel was detected by the National Navy ship ARC “Medardo Monzón,” which was performing surveillance operations and notified the Coast Guard to proceed with the maritime interdiction on the suspicious vessel. By Dialogo March 19, 2013 Bundles containing 600 packages of drugs were found when inspecting the vessel’s thwarts. Legal authorities made the Certified Preliminary Initial Test on the substances, which resulted in 680 kilograms of high purity cocaine. The three individuals were detained under the charges of drug production, carrying and trafficking. So far this year, Colombia’s National Navy seized about five tons of cocaine only on the Pacific coast.
NZ Herald 23 Jan 2013Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says homosexuality is a choice and society is right to discriminate against gay relationships.Mr Craig, a Christian, backed church groups who called at a select committee hearing in Auckland yesterday for a royal commission and a referendum on any change to the definition of marriage.He said the debate about Manurewa MP Louisa Wall’s bill to define marriage as the union of any two people regardless of gender was about the value the country placed on its history and traditions.“It asks whether the history and tradition of marriage as an institution uniting a man and a woman for the benefit of children and society deserves our protection,” he said.“Changes like this should not be made lightly. I am not convinced that there is a compelling reason for change.“Yes, we are discriminating between relationships. We are saying that marriage between a man and a woman is recognised. We are saying that a relationship between a man and a man, for example, goes down the path of a civil union.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10860840