Operation “Ballena”, an accurate blow by SENAN to organized crime

The National Aeronaval Service (SENAN) in collaboration with the Public Ministry has carried out an unprecedented operational strategy called Operation Whale, with the objective of combating organized crime activities related to money laundering and drug trafficking in Panama.

During this operation, 19 individuals were arrested, marking a significant blow to the financial structures of criminal groups. Of these arrested, two are in custody in Colombia and three are awaiting extradition from other countries.

In addition to the arrests, assets valued at $186,053 were seized, including a variety of assets such as vehicles, firearms of various calibers and 237 live ammunition. The operation also included the execution of 53 search procedures in multiple provinces, covering 38 residences, 8 commercial premises and a dock.

Among the confiscated items were jewelry, watches, handmade guns and illicit substances. This joint action between SENAN and the Public Ministry represents a significant step in the fight against organized crime in Panama, demonstrating the government’s commitment to eradicating these illicit activities that threaten the security and well-being of Panamanian society.

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