Seized 200 kilograms of cocaine on a ship that was making a technical stop to refuel
The Spanish Civil Guard and the Customs Surveillance Service of the Tax Agency in Santa Cruz de Tenerife have seized 200 kilograms of cocaine that was attached inside one of the refrigeration nozzles of the Nord Mamore ship. The operation took place while the ship was making a technical stop to refuel on its route from Brazil to the port of Lisbon.
The intervention has been the result of one of the anchoring visits carried out by the Fiscal Protection and Borders Section of the Civil Guard of the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife in conjunction with the Combined Customs Surveillance Unit of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
These types of visits are made in order to control the cargo of the ships. In this case, in the early hours of August 5, a visit was made to the cargo ship called Nord Mamore, which was anchored in anchorage area number 2 of the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to refuel. The declared cargo was corn and its destination was the port of Lisbon.
During the course of the inspection of the cargo and the rest of the common areas of the vessel, up to a total of eight bundles were detected. The discovery was made during the review of a cooling water intake nozzle for the ship’s machinery, carried out from outside the hull by personnel from the Civil Guard’s underwater activities team (GEAS).
These bundles were tied inside the nozzle and to each other when they were located by the divers. After analyzing them, it turned out that the presence of narcotic substances, specifically cocaine, was detected inside, yielding a weight of 200 kilograms once the contents of the packages containing the bundles were weighed.