Cape Verde police arrest 11 Russian sailors with $2billion cocaine

Cape Verde police arrest 11 Russian sailors for shipment of more than nine tonnes of coacaine in to the island

Cape Verde police have detained 11 Russian sailors for the suspected smuggling of more than nine tonnes of cocaine, Russian news companies reported citing local police.

The street value of the seized shipment is about $2billion*.

RIA news agency said the deliver ESER, sailing under Panama’ s flag, was heading to Tangier in Morocco from Panama. It was detained after it stopped at Porto Praia following the death of a crew member.

The Russian embassy in Cape Verde, an archipelago off the coast of West Africa, dropped immediate comment when contacted by phone on Saturday. According to Refinitive data, the vessel ESER remains in Porto Praia.

Final February, six suspected drug traffickers were arrested after 389 kg (858 pounds) of cocaine was found in the Russian embassy in Buenos Aires.

*In 2015, the security services in UK intercepted a shipment of three tonnes of cocaine at Aberdeen, with worth put at £ 500 million.

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