Cocaine found in bananas from Colombia on board of Crown Jade, UK. So what?
During Oct 26-28 British police found around 850kg of cocaine, which would have a street value of around £136 million, on board of reefer Crown Jade in cargo of bananas, which were loaded in Colombia. Vessel docked in Portsmouth on Oct 26, search took some three days, according to media reports. Deputy director of the NCA's Border Policing Command, Tom Dowdall, said: "This was a huge shipment and losing it is a major blow for the criminal groups involved”.
Hopefully, crew wasn’t involved and wasn’t harassed. As for “major blow” it’s about the same blow as the one liner shipping suffered losing MOL Comfort in Indian ocean. MOL Comfort is quite a disaster, but it didn’t affect container shipping, it goes on as usual. The same can be said about drugs trafficking. It has to be something much bigger to disrupt liner shipping, like an all-out submarine war on container lines. There is nothing to curb the drug trafficking with any noticeable results except making drugs legal.
Reefer Crown Jade left Portsmouth on Oct 28 and presently is en route to Port of Pointe-a-Pitre, Caribbean.