Greek Shipowner Denies Drug Trafficking Charges

by Constantinos Georgizas (Reuters) - Greek shipping tycoon Vangelis Marinakis, the owner of Olympiakos Piraeus and Nottingham Forest soccer teams, denied any links to drug trafficking on Saturday, a day after a Greek prosecutor brought preliminary charges against him. The prosecutor accused Marinakis of financing and storing drug substances and setting up a … [Read more...]

Italy Uncovers Massive Load of Hash in Ship’s Fuel Tanks

ROME, Aug 9 (Reuters) - Italian police said on Thursday they found 20 tonnes of hash worth as much as 200 million euros ($232 million) in the fuel tanks of a Panama-flagged ship that was stopped in international waters and escorted to Sicily. The entire 11-person crew, all from Montenegro, was arrested for international drugs trafficking, Italy's finance police said in a … [Read more...]

Colombian Authorities Seize Over a Ton of Cocaine Found on Ship Bound for Europe

Colombian authorities have seized more than one ton of cocaine that was discovered inside a container on a ship bound for Europe, the Colombian Navy reported Friday. The drugs were found following a joint-agency raid of the Singapore-flagged ship Cap San Tainaro in the waters off Barranquilla, Colombia shortly after the vessel departed Cartegena, Colombia bound for Antwerp, … [Read more...]

Huge Amounts Of Crystal Meth Are Now Being Smuggled In Shipping Containers

by Rozanna Latiff (Reuters) - Malaysia has made its largest ever seizure of crystal methamphetamine, officials said on Monday, finding nearly 1.2 tonnes of the drug disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar, and arrested six suspected traffickers. The bust comes as Southeast Asia reports a flood of the stimulant throughout the region. Indonesia and Thailand have also made … [Read more...]

Drug Smugglers Light High-Speed Craft Ablaze in Eastern Pacific; 1,080 Pounds of Cocaine Seized

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Navy intercepted more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine from a high-speed drug trafficking boat in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The interception of the low-profile go-fast vessel (LPGFV) was made by the crew of the USS Zephyr after a Customs and Border Protection P-3 surveillance aircraft detected the drugs … [Read more...]