Cocaine seized from containership in Colombia

Some 78.4kg of cocaine and heroin have been seized by the Colombian Navy from the containership  Hansa Augsburg, which was berthed at Puerto Bolivar, Colombia.

The drugs were found inside two cylinders welded to the underside of the vessel’s hull. Reports say that the Navy knew what they were looking for and where, which suggests they were acting on intelligence.

The ship and its crew were not under suspicion and were permitted to leave the port on schedule for Haina, Dominican Republic, where the vessel arrived on Monday.

The handysize boxship is owned by Germany’s Leonhardt and Blumberg, and is scheduled to call in the coming days at Miami, which is likely to have been the contraband’s intended destination.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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