Ship’s captain discovers hidden stash of cocaine
Police have seized 91 kilos of cocaine hidden on a ship bound for the Canary Islands.
The intervention came after the captain of the vessel, flying the flag of Hong Kong, reported the appea-rance of three packages that could contain drugs in the hold.
The ship had been bound for the port of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.
The three packages were inside the cooling filters of the ship’s engines, said the Tax Agency.
Following the instructions of the investigators, the captain sealed the area of the ship where he had found the packages until his docking at the port of Las Palmas. Here, agents of the National Police and Customs Surveillance officials of the Tax Agency in Las Palmas investigated the three packages and verified that they contained three kilos of cocaine.
“Subsequently, the re-searchers requested the collaboration of a company of underwater activities that carried out an inspection of the exterior of the ship, observing that one of the grilles of the cooling system had a carabiner attached to one of its bars,” said a spokesman. “Thus, they discovered in that grid six sports bags containing 188 packages of cocaine, reaching the total weight of the drug seized at 191 kilos.”
The investigation remains open.