In an operation aimed at curbing illicit drug trafficking by sea, Portuguese authorities has found over one tonne of cocaine on board a Roll-on/Roll-off (RORO) cargo ship intercepted in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
Portuguese drug enforcement agency in a joint operation with the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, confiscated about 1,130 kilograms of cocaine onboard a RORO ship called Agat.
The crew which consisted of seventeen men of foreign nationalities (aged between 24 and 63) were transporting the contraband from Latin America to Europe with the aim of distributing to different countries - Judiciary Police said.
The crew members of the Agat vessel, are suspected to be part of a transnational criminal organization and were all detained.
Agat is a 6,190 dwt ship built in 1988 and flags Comoros.