Egyptian vessel Adam caught with 20 tons of marijuana

By Vessels

Italian police stopped an Egyptian vessel with the name Adam carrying 20 tons of marijuana with estimated value of £250m in the Mediterranean. One of the biggest cargoes of its kind ever intercepted. 2 Italian custom vessels sailing near the island of Pantelleria detected "Adam".
Maritime Analysis Operations Centre (MAOC) in Lisbon had an information about the freighter about its cargo.
The ship was loaded with more than 800 packets of the drug wrapped in sacks. "Adam" was under surveillance 2 days and officials waited the ship to enter Italian waters.
Lt Col Cristino Alemanno announced: ''To my knowledge this is the biggest haul of its kind ever seized in the Mediterranean. To describe it as a small mountain of hashish would not be inaccurate.
"We had intelligence that the drugs were onboard the ship but we were unable to intervene until it entered Italian waters, which eventually it did by half a mile close to the island of Pantelleria and that's when we went alongside and boarded the Adam.
"The ship had been followed for some time but we needed a certain amount of luck as until it entered Italian waters there was nothing we could do."
The vessel belongs to an Egyptian shipping line with registration in Comoros Islands. It is believed that the cargo was for the European market. 6 Syrians were held in custody for international drugs trafficking.