Cocaine Entering Europe in Shipping Containers Presents ‘Major Challenge’ as Seizures Hit Record

By Axel Bugge LISBON, June 6 (Reuters) - The amount of cocaine seized by authorities in Europe doubled in 2017 to reach a record 140 tonnes in a strong indication of soaring mass supply of the drug coming from Latin America, the Lisbon-based EU drugs agency said on Thursday. Cocaine has made a dramatic comeback in Europe since the financial crisis when its high price dented … [Read more...]

Montenegro Seizes Drugs on Navy Training Ship

PODGORICA, April 19 (Reuters) - Montenegrin military police have seized around 50 kilograms of drugs on board a naval training ship, hours before it was scheduled to take students on a training cruise, the defence ministry and local media said on Friday. In a pre-dawn raid prompted by a tip-off, the military police found "tens of kilograms of matter that appears to be a … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Offloads Seized Cocaine Worth $360 Million Wholesale

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa offloaded approximately 27,000 pounds of cocaine Miami, Florida on Friday worth an estimated $360 million wholesale, the Coast Guard said. The drugs were seized in international waters in the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central, and South America. The drugs are the result 12 separate vessel interdictions by the … [Read more...]

Greece Seizes $113 Million Worth of Drugs from Libya-Bound Ship

ATHENS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Greece has seized drugs worth more than 100 million euros ($113 million) after intercepting a Syrian ship sailing for Libya, the coast guard said on Friday. Officials found about six tonnes of processed cannabis and 3 million super-strength "Captagon" amphetamine pills hidden aboard the Syrian-flagged "Noka," it said in a statement. The … [Read more...]

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...]