Drug Smugglers Send Tonnes of Flaming Marijuana Adrift

By Curious

Smugglers that were shipping 30 tonnes of hashish resin across the Mediterranean Sea – with a street value of 40 millions of Euro (£33,8 million) – created a massive drifting cloud of marijuana fumes after setting fire to their illicit cargo as police officers moved in to arrest them.

Drug smugglers send flaming marijuana cargo drifting across Mediterranean.

After setting fire to the drugs that burned at 1,600 degrees celsius and gave off a thick plume of grey and white smoke, the 9 Syrian and Egyptian crew-members of the cargo vessel leaped into the sea off the coast of Sicily before they were picked up by Italian tax police boats.

Acting on a tip, police officers had been monitoring the cargo ship Gold Star that was sailing under the flag of Tanzania, for 3 days, before dispatching in vessels and aircraft to apprehend the suspicious cargo ship.

But if the smugglers were trying to destroy evidence onboard the ship, the attempt failed.

“Setting fire to the cargo vessel and then jumping in to the water, far from the coast, is something we have not seen in thirty years,” stated a police spokesman. “It was really strange behaviour and we are trying to figure out what exactly made them do it.”

The cargo ship of the smugglers continued to sail unpiloted for 4 hours before police officers could board it and try to extinguish the burning hash onboard.

“It burned for less than 24 hours before it was finally put out,” stated the police spokesman. “The drugs were tightly packed into the living quarters at the stern of the cargo vessel, leaving the cargo hold open and empty, likely to allay suspicions.”

By the time the fire – that destroyed the stern of the cargo vessel – was put out, only some of the thirty tonnes remained intact. “What we recovered was only a small portion but even that measured four meters, by two meters by 1,5 meters,” told the spokesman.

“The officers that boarded the cargo vessel needed to wear gas masks to avoid being overcome by smoke,” he added. “And now they need to stay away from our sniffer dogs until they have had a good shower.”