Action by the Federal Police and the Federal Revenue Service in the Port of Santos, off the coast of São Paulo, prevented the shipment of illegal cargo to Europe.
Images captured by monitoring cameras at the Port of Santos, off the coast of São Paulo, recorded when international drug traffickers hoist more than 1.2 tons of cocaine to a ship docked at a maritime terminal. No one was arrested, but the narcotic was found aboard, after a sweep made by federal authorities.
Illegal boarding was spotted during the early hours of Tuesday (7). In the images, a small fast aluminum craft sails down the Estuary Channel and approaches the side of the ship. On the front of the freighter, people on board hauled ropes so that waterproof black suitcases were tied up and later hoisted on the deck.
At least 19 bags were pulled into the ‘Grimaldi Grande Nigeria’, moored at a terminal in the Valongo neighbourhood, on the Right Bank of the dock. The freighter was scheduled to leave the port on Wednesday afternoon (9) but was retained by federal authorities, after further analysis of the images, which indicated the crime. He was released at night.
Teams of the Federal Police and the Federal Revenue, with the support of the Port Guard, were mobilized, but they did not arrive in time of the flagrant and, thus, arrest those involved. There were searches on board for almost five hours, until the location of the cases hidden in two containers, with rice and scrap, both destined to the Port of Antwerp, Belgium.
In all, 1,207.66 kg of cocaine were seized. An investigation was opened to determine whether port workers from Santos or foreign crew members of the Italian-flagged ship assisted in the hoisting, and who are the people who were on the small boat, who escaped through the shipping channel after transporting the drug.
In a parallel operation at another port terminal on the Right Bank, teams were able to locate another 558 kg of cocaine hidden in a medium to a cargo of polyethylene, also bound for the Port of Antwerp on Wednesday. Federal Prescription scavenger dogs assisted in finding the drug in containers not yet shipped.
According to a report released by the Customs of the Port of Santos, at least 12,195 kg of cocaine were intercepted at the Port of Santos and prevented from being shipped to Europe since the beginning of this year. The amount recorded until August is a historical record at the Santos quay, overcoming the seizures of 2017 (11,539 kg) and 2016 (10,622 kg).