More cocaine shipped from Venezuela to the Middle East,
While the Alba summit – whose motto is “Coca is not cocaine” – concludes in Bolivia, Spanish authorities have seized 510 kilos of cocaine from an oil tanker sailing from Maracaibo, Venezuela.
The ship, which was on its way to Egypt, had stopped in Tarragona, Spain to change captains.
More than 500 kilos of cocaine have been found hidden near the engine room of an oil tanker in the Spanish port of Tarragona, Spain’s Guardia Civil said in a statement Saturday.
The boat left Maracaibo in Venezuela for Egypt in mid-September. It was in the port of Tarragona when Spanish police — as part of routine checks of any boat coming from “hot routes” — checked the boat, the statement said.
Agents entered the boat and spotted several bags in a small boat room that is normally empty.
The room is difficult to access from the inside of the vessel, so police entered the tight space from the water and found 510 kilos of cocaine in 14 packages strapped together.
Authorities believe drug smugglers using boats to transport their products will place stashes in small rooms that are difficult to access from inside the vessels. They will get scuba drivers to access the rooms and retrieve the drugs when the boat is anchored.
There was no word on any arrests.
Earlier this year an international law enforcement raid in the Caribbean had raided a cocaine gang connected to Hezbollah