Approximately 108kilos of cocaine were found concealed inside the container
Police and Customs officers recovered 90 kilos of cocaine worth £6.3m from a “parasite container” attached to the exterior of a cargo ship anchored in the Bay of Gibraltar, in an operation that has disrupted an international trafficking route.
The officers, supported by the Gibraltar Port Authority, boarded the cargo ship Mount Faber on Monday evening acting on intelligence and worked through the night before finding the drugs below the vessel’s waterline.
Three people have been arrested, including the ship’s captain, the chief engineer and a crewman.
The complex operation unfolded in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and despite the relatively small size of the drugs haul, could have a wider impact on the illicit international drugs trade.