Japanese capesize bulk carrier cocaine bust, Master and senior officers detained VIDEO

Capesize bulk carrier FRONTIER FALCON was berthed at Icdas port, Turkey, Marmara sea, late Aug 19 on arrival from Colombia. On Aug 22, joint team of police anti-narcotics division and Coast Guard, searched ship’s hull and found a container or a box, attached to hull in aft section. Box contained packages with cocaine, totaling 25 kilo. Hull inspection with deployment of divers was to be continued. According to official statement, 7 crew including Captain were detained, caught allegedly, in the process of procuring the packages from a box. Involvement of the crew including Captain and senior officers, is not yet conformed, details remain sketchy and unclear. Usually, when drugs are found in hideouts, law enforcement bodies are either tipped off or monitor suspicious ships long before detention and search.
Bulk carrier FRONTIER FALCON, IMO 9546980, dwt 176820, built 2011, flag Panama, manager MIZUHO SANGYO CO LTD (EQUASIS).

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.