150 Kilos of Cocaine Found Under Vessel, Three Charged

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On June 9, divers inspected a ship docked in the Port of Halifax and seized cocaine from under the vessel.

What happened?

The divers discovered 150 kilograms of cocaine stashed at the bottom of the vessel.

In this regard, three men from out of province have been charged with conspiracy to import cocaine and the suspects allegedly had diving equipment with them when they were arrested near the container terminal.

Suspects identified

The suspects were identified in court records as Matthew Ryan Lambert, 34, of Richmond, B.C.; Dangis Seinauskas, 46, of Ajax, Ont; and Darcy Peter Bailey, 46, of Fort St. John, B.C. The trio were submitted in Halifax provincial court June 11 on a charge of conspiring together or with others to import cocaine into Canada.

Cocaine seized on a vessel docked in Montreal

In another incident, cocaine was discovered onboard the vessel ‘Arica’, a Liberian-registered container ship that docked in Montreal before stopping in Halifax.

The drugs were discovered wrapped in plastic and concealed in the ship’s sea chest, a recess on the bottom of the vessel through which ocean water is drawn in for cooling, firefighting and other purposes. Most sea chests are protected by a removable grating.

RCMP and Canada Border Services Agency officers were involved in the seizure.

This is the second big cocaine seizure in Nova Scotia waters in just over nine months.

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Source: The Chronicle Herald

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