SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, 3 Feb. (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Civil Guard and the Customs Surveillance Service of the Tax Agency in Santa Cruz de Tenerife have seized 120 kilograms of cocaine that was attached inside one of the cooling nozzles of the Pegasus ship.
The operation took place while the ship was making a technical stop to refuel on its route from Brazil to the port of London.
The intervention was the result of one of the anchoring visits being carried out by the Tax Protection and Border Section of the Civil Guard of the port of Santa Cruz in conjunction with the Combined Customs Surveillance Unit.
These types of visits are carried out in order to control the cargo of the ships. In this case, on the morning of January 25, a visit was made to the cargo ship called Pegasus, which was anchored in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to refuel.
During the course of the inspection of the cargo and the rest of the common areas of the boat, four bales were detected. The discovery occurred during the review of a cooling water intake nozzle for the ship’s machinery, carried out from the outside of the hull by personnel from the Civil Guard underwater activities team (GEAS).
These bundles were tied inside the nozzle and among themselves, when they were located by the divers. After analyzing them, it turned out that the presence of cocaine was detected inside, yielding a weight of 120 kilograms once the contents of the packages containing the bales were weighed.