Police in Gibraltar have seized £6.5 million worth of cocaine hidden inside a purpose-built torpedo attached to the hull of a Liberian-flagged ship which had crossed the Atlantic from Colombia.
According to a UK online newspaper, The Mail, officers boarded the ship to search it in a two-day operation involving Customs officials while it was anchored in the Bay of Gibraltar following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
The 108 kilos of cocaine were found in the ‘parasite’ container by underwater divers.
Three people including the captain and chief engineer of the vessel, called Mount Faber, have been arrested.
Royal Gibraltar Police Detective Superintendent Ian McGrail said: ‘Colleagues from the DEA shared intelligence with us concerning this particular bulk carrier. ‘It had sailed from a port in Colombia and was heading for a port in Europe. ‘They indicated it was laden with a consignment of drugs.
The ship was anchored in the Bay of Gibraltar when it was raided following a tip-off from the US Drug Enforcement Administration
A Customs spokesman said: ‘We’re expecting this cocaine to be 80 to 90 per cent pure whereas cocaine normally in this area is about 45 per cent pure’
Source: News Now/ UK Daily Mail Online