200kilo Package Of Cocaine Worth $80m  Recovered In A Ship In Australia Arriving From Argentina


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 24TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Australian Federal Police AFP) officers have uncovered a massive shipment of cocaine, after they used a remote controlled robot to seize the 200kilogram package of drugs (pictured) which were found stashed inside the hull of a ship, in Port Melbourne in Victoria

AFP Commander Richard Chin said illegal packages were regularly stashed in such areas and posed a serious risk to drug smugglers when they attempted to retrieve them.

 ‘This concealment method is not new, and this seizure is another case of law enforcement remaining one step ahead of criminals attempting to bring harmful, illicit drugs into our country and into our community,’ he said.

Earlier this year, the body of a police diver who was attempting to recover drugs was found, after drugs that had been stashed in a similar fashion were discovered in the Port of Newcastle.

ABF Commander Clinton Sims said organised crime groups regularly used parasitic hull attachments on commercial ships to move drugs across borders.

The drugs (pictured) have an estimated street value of $80million and are believed to have arrived on Australian shores from Argentina in August

Once the drugs were seized, the ship and crew continued from Victoria to Western Australia, and then back to South Australia

‘In response, the ABF is utilising submersible remote operated vehicles to enhance our ability to conduct mass screening of shipping vessel hulls and void spaces to detect below-the-waterline concealments of illegal drugs,’ he said.

Once the drugs were seized, the ship and crew continued from Victoria to Western Australia, and then back to South Australia.

Police are urging anyone with information about the drugs or who noticed suspicious activity at ports in any of the three states to come forward.

‘It could be something small from an unusual boat purchase paid in cash, through to suspicious activity at one of our ports,’ Cmdr Chin said.

Daily Mail

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