Four crew members of cargo ship arrested in Australia after cocaine seizure

Australian authorities have arrested four crew members of bulk carrier Kypros Bravery (IMO 9694490) after seizing 416kg of cocaine that the accused allegedly offloaded at sea. The amount was the biggest haul of illicit drugs ever confiscated in South Australia.

The investigation was led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) with assistance from the Australian Border Force (ABF), South Australia Police (SAPOL), Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) and the Department of Home Affairs.

The vessel was searched by Australian Border Force officers after docking in Port Adelaide, South Australia, on March 17th. During the search ABF officers located evidence that led them to believe the vessel had potentially been involved in the drop off of a significant quantity of drugs at sea. An extensive search of the area found about 400kg of cocaine a substantial distance offshore. The drugs were towed to shore.

The ship left the Port of Adelaide again on  March 31, en route for Dammam, Saudi Arabia, with an ETA of April 23rd.

2015-built, Cyprus-flagged, 41,579 gt Kypros Bravery is owned by Glovefour Shipping Co care of Safe Bulkers Management Ltd of Limassol, Cyprus. It is entered with UK Club on behalf of Glovefour Shipping Corp.