On September 14, Container ship Dimitris C was searched by Police and Customs officers at Ilo port, Peru as reported by Maritime Bulletin.
3 bags with 120 bricks of cocaine were found somewhere inside the ship. In addition, police collected USD 16,243 cash, with no details as to where it was found, and to whom belongs.
The master of the Maltese-flagged vessel informed the authorities of the incident, and shortly thereafter police forces accompanied by trained dogs boarded the vessel.
“A full search was conducted by the authorities, escorted by the crew’s safety committee, an office representative who flew from Greece and the representatives of the local P&I. No other drugs were found onboard,” the company said in a statement.
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.
The 40,102 DWT ship was held in the port for three days due to the ongoing investigation proceedings.
The ship’s crew members were interrogated by the local prosecutor, only to be released without charges as they were found to be innocent, Danaos said.
The owner of the ship Danaos Shipping Co told World Maritime News that the contraband was found during a regular inspection on board the Panamax boxship mandated by the company when its ships call into ports suspected of drug trafficking.
As informed, the drugs were found by the crew, carefully hidden in a void space on the deck between two holds.