11 Russian sailors detained in Cape Verde on suspicion of transporting almost 10 tons of cocaine
The ship sailed under the flag of Panama and made an unplanned stop due to the death of a crew member.
11 Russian citizens were detained in the port of Praia in the republic of Cape Verde on suspicion of drug smuggling. The detainees are members of the ESER vessel crew sailing under the flag of Panama to the Moroccan city of Tangier. 9.5 tons of cocaine were found on the board the vessel, Morskoy Bulleten reports.
ESER made an unplanned stop in Praia due to the death of one of the sailors. The ship arrived at the port on January 31. By this time, the local police already had information about possible drug smuggling.
The Russian Embassy in Cape Verde informed that they were in touch with local investigative bodies and the detainees and were awaiting detailed information.