German police boarded and searched Montenegro bulk carrier BUDVA in the morning May 2, when the ship arrived at Hamburg

Half a ton of cocaine found in cargo hold of bulk carrier in Hamburg
Caption: Bulk carrier Budva - Image courtesy of Cengiz Tokgöz

Half a ton of cocaine was found hidden in what was described as “cargo area” – either in hold or in cargo.

Of 23 crew, all Montenegro nationalities, 1 was arrested.

The ship arrived at Hamburg from Santos Brazil via Casablanca, Morocco.

Reportedly, drug bust and arrest were the final result of a joint counter drug operation, involving law enforcement agencies of several countries. According to official statement, one more drug trafficking link between South America and Europe was cut.

Bulk carrier BUDVA, IMO 9693501, Dwt 35000, built 2013, flag Montenegro, owner Barska Plovidba.