Smugglers brought in about $2.6 million worth of cocaine on the MSC Opera, the hazards of the Caribbean to the city of Funchal on the island Madeira.
Twelve people have been arrested for smuggling $2.6 million of cocaine hidden in the chip bags and scales on the MSC Cruises’ liner Opera.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) of the united kingdom announced Thursday that six men and six women were arrested in Portugal on March 24, for the presumption of drug trafficking, The Telegraph reports. The Opera had sailed from the Caribbean to the city of Funchal on the island Madeira.
Six of the suspects said that passengers on board of the Opera, while the other six suspects had recently traveled to Madeira reportedly meets the luxury liner when it docked, the Telegraph reported.
Nearly 40 kg of cocaine was reportedly hidden in bags of chips and ceramic bowls that were in suitcases.
Almost 40 pounds of the expensive drug had allegedly been hidden in bags with chips and ceramic bowls, which were transported in suitcases.
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The National Crime Agency said six of the people arrested had recently traveled to the island of the united kingdom and were due to travel to Madeira to parts of Europe. Others were passengers on the cruise. All twelve people were arrested and pending prosecution in the Portuguese cuisine.The agency said that the suspects are between the ages of 20 and 52.
Representatives of the cruise line didn’t immediately return a Fox News request for comment, but Newsweek, said a spokesman saying: “[MSC Cruises has] been working closely with the relevant local authorities for the successful completion of a drug-trafficking with regard to the smuggling by the passengers of illegal substances on board of MSC Opera.
“The ship reached Funchal, Portugal, on Sunday on her return trip from the Caribbean,” the spokesman said.
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The National Crime Agency said it had worked on the drug bust with the Judicial Police of Portugal.
“Working with our Portuguese colleagues, we have been able to act on intelligence to the speed and the prevention of this amount of drugs from reaching the final destination,” Allan Round, NCA operations manager for the Joint Border Intelligence Unit, said in a statement on the website of the agency.
“Once in the U. K., we know cocaine generates huge profits for the criminal networks who are also involved in street violence and exploitation, so that the stop will contribute to reducing the damage caused by them.”
Last year, three people were sentenced to imprisonment for trafficking in human beings 207 pounds of cocaine – believed to be worth $21 million and $30 million on board a Princess Cruise trip in 2016, in the infamous “Cocaine Babes” scandal that made headlines around the world,
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