Cocaine stash is found in ships used to transport rockets
Flying high: cocaine is found in ships used to transport rockets to and from the European space port in French Guiana
- Cocaine found in a ship used to transport rocket elements to and from the space port
- Suspicious package found when cargo ship prepared to leave the port of Pariacabo
- Employees immediately alerted the authorities and 8 kg of cocaine was discovered
- A source close to the investigation described the incident as & # 39; not at all common & # 39;
A stock of cocaine has been found in a ship used to transport rocket elements to and from the European spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana, South America.
The surprise cargo was discovered when the cargo ship, which normally transports elements of Europe's Ariane, Soyuz and Vega rockets, was preparing to leave the port of Pariacabo on Monday, August 5.
The ship was destined for France, said Samuel Finielz, public prosecutor of Cayenne, the capital of French Guiana, at the end of Thursday.
A stock of cocaine was found in a ship used to transport rocket elements to and from the European space port in Kourou in French Guiana, South America
A suspicious package was discovered when the cargo ship prepared for departure from the port of Pariacabo (photo in 2007) on its way to France on Monday, August 5
According to reports in the local media, an alarm was triggered while the cargo was being maneuvered and a container discreetly attached to the hull of the ship fell into the water.
Port staff quickly warned the authorities after they had discovered a suspicious package and officers from the Maritime Gendarmerie arrived on site to investigate.
& # 39; It contained slightly less than eight kilos of cocaine, & # 39; Finielz told AFP.
A source close to the investigation described the incident as & # 39; not at all common & # 39; and said that the cargo of merchant ships – unlike that of cruise ships – was usually very well monitored.
& # 39; It's hard to understand how drugs could have been found in a safe place: the port of Pariacabo, connected to the Guyana space center, & # 39; added the source.
The French CNES space agency and the commercial launch company Arianespace have not responded to requests for comment.
The European Space Agency (ESA), CNES and Arianespace are launching from Kourou, which has been operational since the 1960s.
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