Trasporto della barca fantasma 1,400 chili di cocaina si riversano su una remota isola del Pacifico

Un piccolo, la scorsa settimana una barca senza pretese è finita su una remota isola del Pacifico senza trasportare passeggeri — ma caricato con intorno 1,430 libbre (649 kg) di cocaina.

Il 18 piedi (5.4-metro) fiberglass vessel was discovered on a beach at Ailuk Atoll in the Marshall Islands, a chain of coral atolls and volcanic islands between the Philippines and Hawaii.
The cocaine came sealed and wrapped in blocks, secondo il Marshall Islands police, who then collected and destroyed most of the packages by burning them in an incinerator. Photos of the blocks show stained, yellowing plastic, stamped with a red logo that bears the lettersKW.
One resident on Ailuk, which is home to around 400 persone, discovered the boat last week, secondo l'affiliata CNN Radio New Zealand. The vessel was too heavy for residents to lift onto the beachso they investigated the inside, where a large compartment under the deck revealed the bricks of cocaine.
    Marshall Islands police transport the confiscated packages of cocaine to an incinerator on December 15, 2020.

    The residents notified the authorities, and police brought the drugs back to the capital of Majuro, on another island. Questa settimana, police brought the cocaine to the incinerator; solo 4.4 libbre (2 kg) were saved for the US Drug Enforcement Agency to conduct laboratory analysis, hanno detto le autorità.
    In totale, the haul is worth an estimated $ 80 milioni, according to RNZand is the largest amount of cocaine to ever wash onto the Marshall Islands.
    Authorities said they believed the boat had drifted over from South or Central America, and could have been at sea for one or two years.
    Marshall Islands Police Captain Eric Jorban (sinistra) empties packages of cocaine into an incinerator in the capital Majuro, a dicembre 15.

    This may be one of the biggest drug hauls, but it’s certainly not the first; islands in the Pacific are on a major international drug trafficking route, and numerous drug packages have previously been seized or discovered in the Marshall Islands.
      A resident found nearly 40 libbre (18 kg) di cocaina nel 2016, and was arrested for not immediately handing it to police; a fisherman reeled in 105 libbre (48 kg) of suspected cocaine nel 2018; just this year, police suspect a supply of cocaine may have washed up on Maloelap Atoll and contributed to an explosion in drug use and drug-related health complications.
      Many of the packages that wash up are professionally wrapped; sometimes residents take the drugs instead of reporting them, fueling widespread drug availability and use. The problem has escalated so much this year that the Marshall Islands parliament established a drug task force in May as part of a larger crackdown effort.

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