A container ship carrying more than one tonne of cocaine has been seized by Portugal’s drug enforcement agency, in an operation to combat illicit drug trafficking by sea,
The vessel was intercepted in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean by the Portuguese Navy and Air Force.
It`s a significant seizure, the largest this year, and in the context of large seizures, that’s more than about a ton and we are talking about this kind of boat that was seized, Everything indicates that it is an organization with weight in the international panorama”
17 men between the ages of 24 and 63 were arrested on the vessel and are being questioned.
It’s thought they belong to a transnational criminal organization.
About 1,130 kilograms of cocaine were taken from the vessel, which was coming from Latin America and were intended to be distributed across several European countries.