Crew Detained with 3 Tons of Drugs

In a prison in the United States are two Ecuadorians who made up the crew of the merchant ship Tiamat, the flag of Tanzania, carrying three tons of cocaine. The Ministry of Defense of Guatemala confirmed that 13 people, nine Peruvians, two Ecuadorians and two Colombians, are being held for transporting about 3 tons of drugs in a boat.

Deputy Minister of the Navy, Erick Alejandro Sánchez, pointed out that the US government had information that a merchant ship, coming from Peru, was transporting illicit substances possibly to “Mexico or the United States”, so they requested the intervention of the Guatemalan Ministry. In a joint operation between the Guatemalan Navy and the United States Coast Guard, they intercepted the ship in international waters of the Pacific, some 300 nautical miles, said the spokesman of the Ministry of Defense of Guatemala, Óscar Pérez.

“The US Coast Guard Service located the merchant ship Tiamat and as it was in international waters the Convention of the Sea and the Decree 87-2003 was applied “. That is, the crew will be transferred to the United States and the ship that left Peru will be fueled on April 18 in the Ecuadorian port of Manta, province of Manabí, and the next day it will continue on its way to Mexico.

Before arriving in Manta, the captain of the ship presented a document in which he announced that he carried no export cargo or transit passengers. He even presented three sworn naval declarations in the Directorate of Aquatic Spaces, in which he affirmed that the ship only carried supplies for its work. In another statement made by the crew, he reported that he was carrying articles for his work on board.

In the port of Quetzal, Guatemala, the procedures were carried out for the transfer of the vessel from Tanzania with the crew to the United States.

In addition, he affirmed that he did not transport any type of drug, armaments or ecological plants. The defendants also answered a health questionnaire. Manabi arrested in this operation are Hector G. and Vicente L.

Source: El Telegrafo