186kg of Cocaine Worth $60 Million Seized from Ship

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Authorities have seized 186kg of cocaine, worth $60 million, from a former Japanese whaling ship off the coast of Tasmania.

What happened?

According to reports, the authorities found the drugs after boarding the vessel on December 12.

The police found 10 men on board the ship — nine Chinese and a Singaporean. The crew members were charged with attempting to import a commercial quantity of drugs.

Another 12 men, suspected of being part of an organised crime syndicate, were monitored for five weeks following the bust and were arrested on Wednesday.

They included six men in Victoria, another four in Melbourne and two in Queensland. They are expected to be charged with the same offence.

Importation method:

An importation method, known as the “Mothership”, whereby a large vessel sits outside Australian waters and waits for smaller boats to collect the drugs have been detected elsewhere off the Australian coast, but it is the first time that it has been detected off the coast of Tasmania.

Since the boat was not in Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, authorities had to wait for approval for the operation to be carried out.

The Australian Federal Police, Victoria Police’s joint organised crime task force, Australian Border Force, Australian Defence Force, Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, and Tasmania Police were all part of the drug bust operation.

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Source: Business Insider

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