Colombian officials raid Hapag-Lloyd ship, impound cocaine haul and detain ten unauthorised people on board

Colombian authorities raided a German-flagged containership shortly after it departed the port of Cartagena, arresting suspected drug smugglers and confiscating a haul of contraband on board.

A team of commandos, immigration officials and police on navy and coast guard vessels intercepted and boarded the Hapag-Lloyd boxship Rotterdam Express after the ship’s crew reported the presence of unknown persons on board while it was 12 nautical miles off Cartagena.

The officials found and detained ten unauthorized people. They also discovered and seized 185 kilos of cocaine in a search of the containers.

Once the unknown ten and the cocaine were removed, the Rotterdam Express was allowed to continue its journey to the port of Caucedo in the Dominican Republic.

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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