Last evening I was watching France2 news as usual, when they reported on an astonishing story.
A group of French policemen busted a large container ship in the high seas, seizing the ship and 18 tons of cocaine. The policemen arrived at the ship by means of inflatable motor boats and a helicopter, and took charge of the ship and its crew shortly after. I was impressed. It takes good planning, and above all, guts, for a mission like that to succeed. Jack Bauer would have been proud.
The ship, which had left Havana and was loaded in Caracas, was on its way to the EU. As I posted on May 15, 2005 Venezuela and Cuba signed maritime cooperation agreement, while both countries have strong ties to the international drug trade.
The French agents then turned the ship around and arrived in Martinique, where they interrogated (France2’s words, not mine) the crew. The captain finally admitted that he knew about the cargo but was under duress, since his family was being threatened. The report stated that France is operating a Caribbean anti-drug squad in cooperation with several other countries (the report didn’t specify which other countries) aimed at curtailing the drug traffic headed to the EU.
The France2 report showed the agents approaching the ship, questioning the crew both on board and on land, and, later, the drugs being cremated.
Then this morning I did a search in the news (including French newspapers) and, aside from yesterday’s France2 broadcast, which disappears after 2PM, I’ve found nothing.
Not a word.
What is going on?