More than a billion euros in coke intercepted
The MSC Gayane container ship, on which 16.5 tonnes of cocaine were intercepted on Monday at the port of Philadelphia, was en route to Rotterdam, the American justice told media. Whether the cocaine was also intended for the Netherlands is unclear.
A total of six MSC Gayane crew members have now been detained by the Philadelphia authorities. The 16.5 tons of cocaine was hidden in seven containers. The reason for the federal authorities to raid the ship on Monday is unknown. Possibly a tip had arrived.
Television channel ABC reports that federal agents took samples from the arms and hands of two crew members to investigate for cocaine presence. When the samples turned out to be positive, the two were willing to talk.
Boatswain Ivan Durasevic explained how the cocaine was brought on board. After the ship had visited Peru on May 24, he had to come from the captain to the deck. He said that with four masked men he had helped hoist bales of cocaine on board the ship. Before and after the departure from Peru, ships had come alongside who had supplied the drugs. His reward was $ 50,000.
Sailor Fonofaavae Tiasaga said that Durasevic had paid him $ 50,000. Tiasaga also said it was not the first time he had participated in bringing cocaine on board. Also on a trip between Chile and Panama, ships had come alongside with cocaine. The crane was then operated by Durasevic. The intention was always that the coke be hidden in certain containers. The ships with the cocaine also brought new stamps to seal the container again.