Santos - For the second time in weeks, Brazilian drug smugglers posing as cruise passengers were arrested while attempting to transport cocaine between Brazil and Europe. The latest group was intercepted boarding a cruise ship departing for a transatlantic cruise while the prior group was intercepted in Spain after having completed the crossing from Brazil.
Brazil’s Polícia Federal announced the arrests which happened on April 18 reporting that six people were detained after attempting to board Costa’s Costa Diadema in the port of Santos. The vessel was embarking passengers for an 18-night transatlantic cruise with port stops in Tenerife, Cadiz, and Barcelona in Spain before her final port, Savona, Italy.
It was unclear if the smugglers were planning to travel to Spain or Italy as their destination. Police dogs on the pier alerted the authorities to a problem with the luggage and when they searched the suitcases, they found hidden compartments containing the cocaine. In addition, one male passenger was found to also have cocaine wrapped around his waist. More than 30 kilos of cocaine was recovered.READ MORE