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Cocaine threats EU, due to container shipping

The EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) published a report on the increasing drug use in Europe, Norway and Turkey, highlighting that Europe’s cocaine market continues to grow, as cocaine enters Europe through numerous routes and means, but the growth in large-volume trafficking, through major ports, using containers, stands out. 

Precautionary anti-narcotics guidelines for ships in Colombia

Colombian authorities are very alert to drug related issues and frequently search vessels both onboard and underwater in response to intelligence reports. As such, the local P&I Consultants Pandi Colombia have provided some precautionary anti-narcotics guidelines for operators who trade in Colombia. 

Watch: Australian Navy seizes A$1 billion drugs

HMAS Ballarat, the Australian Navy frigate, seized more than 12.9 tonnes of hashish, 1.4 tonnes of heroin and a small amount of methyl amphetamines, with a combined worth of A$1.073 billion ($740 million). The hauls were seized in 10 separate seizure procedures; The last one took place on May 10, 2019.

USCG seizes 14,000 pounds of marijuana, 3,660 pounds of cocaine in Eastern Pacific Ocean

The crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Bear offloaded about 14,000 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $12.5 million wholesale and 3,660 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $50 million wholesale, on April 18 at Port Everglades seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Several US agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security take place in the effort to mitigate transnational organized crime.

Marijuana use incompatible with sea service despite legalization

Despite the fact that marijuana has become at least partially legal in 35 US states, the US Coast Guard says that dangerous drug use disrupts or destroys the careers of hundreds of professional mariners. This threatens safety throughout the maritime transportation system at the same time. Mariners must avoid using marijuana or any products derived from marijuana that may contain THC, such as CBD oil, USCG highlighted.

Twelve arrested for smuggling cocaine on cruise ship

UK police has arrested a total of twelve people in Madeira on 24 March, as part of an investigation into drug smuggling on a cruise ship. The twelve individuals were detained after the cruise ship MSC Opera arrived into Funchal from the Caribbean.

US CBP stops $17 million drug shipment

Agents from US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations facilitated the seizure of over three tons of drugs in late March 2019. Namely, a Navy ship discovered 6,100 pounds of marijuana destined for the US, on board a panga-style vessel off the coast of Central America. The US Coast Guard and Navy teams seized the narcotics and sank the vessel as a danger to navigation.

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