Danaos container ship and crew arrested in Peru, details sketchy and dubious
Container ship DIMITRIS C on Sep 14 was searched by Police and Customs officers at Ilo port, Peru. 3 bags with 120 bricks of cocaine were found somewhere inside the ship, also police collected $16,243 cash, no details as to where it was found, and to whom belongs. Ship and crew are detained, search still under way, police waiting for the arrival of drug-search trained dogs. The ship is manned by 23 crew, including 16 Ukrainian, 3 Russian and 4 Tanzanian nationalities. She arrived from Iquique, Chile, with next port of call being Guayaquil, Ecuador.
At least one case of a very dubious arrest and prosecution of seamen in Peru is known, on drug trafficking charges. More often, than not, those arrests and charges seem to be some kind of a frame-up, either to propagate police anti-drug fight, or to extort money from ship owners, or both, for good measure. Take this one – some details of that drug bust already look suspicious: what’s the weight of narcotics, where exactly were they found, does cash belong to one crew or several crew (and what’s so criminal in 23 crew having 16K cash on their hands)?
On photos DIMITRIS C in Ilo; bags with drugs.