Cocaine worth over €150 million seized from ship en route to Europe


French Navy intercepts Brazilian vessel in international waters carrying over 4.6 tonnes of cocaine: Europol 

A 21-meter-long vessel transporting cocaine worth more than €150 million was captured by the French Navy off the coast of Sierra Leone. The operation was carried out as a consequence of intelligence actions carried out by Europol, MAOC-N, as well as authorities from Brazil, France, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  

Europol in an official press release from Wednesday, December 7 said, “An investigation is underway to identify the criminal groups involved on either side of the Atlantic Ocean”. The ship is from Brazil and was intercepted on November 30, the report said. It also added that an illegal shipment weighing over 4.6 tonnes was found onboard.   

A statement by Europol in the report said, “Underpinning the drug trafficking activities is a transport infrastructure that connects Latin American source countries with areas of consumption”. The statement further added, “Europol’s unique capabilities has positioned the Agency as the place where such crucial intelligence emerges”.  

The EU law enforcement agency is presently hosting over 250 liaison officers from 50 countries and organisations, the report said. This team of law enforcements from across the world, are working side by side to fight the most dangerous criminal networks globally.

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