Brazilian authorities snag cocaine haul on MSC ship in Port of Santos

Brazilian authorities snag cocaine haul on MSC ship in Port of Santos

An attempt to smuggle bags of cocaine attached to a MSC containership was foiled by officials at the Port of Santos in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Port authorities spotted a diver acting suspiciously in the water near the 2015-built MSC Meline while it was docked at a container terminal.

Police were alerted. The diver escaped but left behind a waterproof bag containing 28kg of the drug.

Another 57kg was found in two bags inside a steel box on the post-panamax vessel.

The discovery highlights a trend of smugglers piggy-backing commercial ships with their contraband.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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