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Mexico detains heavy lift ship carrying cocaine catamaran

Christian Fernsby |
Mexican authorities are detaining a heavy lift vessel after the discovery of cocaine hidden aboard one of the sailboats the vessel was transporting and offloaded in Mexico.

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An investigation is ongoing into the circumstances.

The Mexican newspaper El Universal reports that the Dutch heavy lift vessel Happy Dover had completed offloading a catamaran sailboat in Ensenada.

During a search of the sailboat, the Mexican authorities discovered 200 kilos of cocaine hidden aboard the boat.

It has an estimated street value of nearly $3 million.

The Happy Dover had arrived in Ensenada after a call in Costa Rica.

The ship had made a transit of the Panama Canal with previous stops in the Bahamas.

The next port of call is scheduled to be Long Beach, California and the ship’s operators reported that it was scheduled to continue on a Pacific crossing bound for Tahiti and Fiji.

In addition to the catamaran which had been offloaded, the vessel is carrying several other large pleasure crafts.

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