Dutch tanker Laguna D involved in cocaine smuggling?

April 29, 2013 at 00:57 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

A smuggling ring has been caught sending cocaine-filled torpedoes bolted to cargo ships from South America to Europe’s largest port, where frogmen waited to pick them out of the water.

Three French divers were arrested earlier this month as they prepared to dive under a cargo boat in Rotterdam. Tipped off by their French colleagues, Dutch police arrested the suspects and seized their gear, including two propulsion vehicles and inflatable parachutes.

In a metal cradle attached to the hull of the Delta Laguna, a Dutch cargo ship that departed from Venezuela with a stop in Curaçao in the Caribbean, police found a rusting torpedo-shaped metal tube over 8ft long, stuffed with cocaine worth up to euros 7 million (pounds 5.89 million) on the street. Drugs police in Colombia and Peru had alerted European colleagues to the torpedo technique three years ago.

The Daily Telegraph April 27, 2013


European media published an identical report on this accident, citing Reuters as the source. No data found on Dutch-flagged Delta Laguna cargo ship. Most probably, the vessel in question is product tanker Laguna D, IMO 9192375, dwt 14132, built 2000, flag Netherlands. Tanker left Venezuela on Mar 22, then called Willemstad, Curacao, and arrived to Rotterdam on Apr 17.

It’s hardly possible that anyone from vessel’s crew knew about the smuggling, the scheme just doesn’t need any assistance from crew member or members. The tube with drugs is attached to the hull underwater by divers in port of origin, and then picked up by divers in port of destination, no need to involve outsiders.

  Dutch tanker Laguna D involved in cocaine smuggling?

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