Four Pinoy seafarers aboard a Cyprus-flagged vessel had been apprehended in Australia for importing cocaine, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Monday.
Less than five months after India’s largest-ever drug haul off the coast of Gujarat, about 750 kgs of contraband was seized by team members of India’s Narcotics Control Bureau.
Seafarers’ unions are extremely concerned that four Ukrainian nationals have now been detained without charge by Turkish authorities for more than seven months.
Island Gwawis is the last in this series of Island Class vessels to enter the fleet and will allow for the Nanaimo Harbour – Gabriola Island route to be serviced by two Island Class vessels.
“This latest seizure is a demonstration that CTF 150 and assigned surface and air assets are ready to conduct interdiction operations 365 days a year,” said Royal New Zealand Navy Capt. Brendon Clark, commander of CTF 150.
Gujarat’s anti-terrorism squad (ATS) has been investigating the 30kg heroin seizure. They have reportedly said that the seven Indian crew members who have been arrested were not aware of the delivery point.
A consignment of about three tonnes of heroin allegedly from Afghanistan with a net worth exceeding Rs 19,000 crore has been confiscated from the Mundra port in Gujarat, India.
Close to 316 kg of crystal methamphetamine has been intercepted from a cargo ship by the Australian police in Sydney. The drugs had been concealed in electric barbeque grills and water heaters of the Thai cargo ship.
A ship with 46kgs cocaine had been arrested by Greek authorities. The cocaine had been hidden behind a water intake grate that had been kept in the hull.
In 2019, Kavaja, a crew member who worked on board the shipping vessel MSC Gayane as the ship’s electrician, conspired with others to engage in bulk cocaine smuggling.