Cocaine found in parasite tube, attached to US tanker hull

Police detected so-called “parasite”, a steel tube attached to, understood, underwater hull of a product tanker MTM POTOMAC, docked at Santo Tomas De Castilla, Guatemala, where she arrived on Aug 4 from Colombia. Tube was filled with packages containing, it is believed, cocaine, 56 packages in total. Interestingly, there was a GPS transmitter in tube, to track the shipment and help traffickers, who were to receive the drugs, to locate it. Crew and ship’s management weren’t mentioned, understood they’re clear of suspicions and have nothing to do with drug trafficking.
Product tanker MTM POTOMAC, IMO 9281920, dwt 49999, built 2004, flag Singapore, manager MT MARITIME MANAGEMENT USA LLC.



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