Captain of bulk carrier arrested for cocaine smuggling, Australia

Captain of bulk carrier INTERLINK VERACITY has been charged with attempted smuggling of some 320 kilo of cocaine into Australia, reports ABC News. Australian Police held a press-conference, revealing the details of Captaine detention. 51-year old Captain of Montenegro nationality allegedly, threw packages with cocaine overboard on May 14 off Port Hedland, Western Australia, when the ship was anchored at Hedland Anchorage. Packages were collected by two men riding a small boat, both have been already detained. Police say a forensic examination of the ship captain’s mobile revealed messages relating to the drug smuggling attempt.
The ship arrived at Port Hedland anchorage on May 8, was berthed on May 23. She arrived from Dalian, China.
Bulk carrier INTERLINK VERACITY, IMO 9709269, dwt 38763, built 2016, flag Marshall islands, ISM manager BERNHARD SCHULTE-HKG LP.



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