Large cocaine haul found on tug in Atlantic

Investigators from the National Police assigned to the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit (Udyco) of Santa Cruz de Tenerife found 2,300kg of cocaine aboard tug Sea Paradise (IMO 7235903) when it was sailing in the Atlantic. Agents detained the nine crew members on board, of several nationalities. They were remanded in custody without bail pending trial.

The arrest was coordinated by the specialized Anti-Drug Prosecutor’s Office of the National Court.

In addition to the Drugs and Organized Crime Unit (Udyco) of the National Police, a vessel from the Deputy Directorate of Customs Surveillance (DAVA) also participated in the operation, along with members of the Special Operations Group (GEO), who were in charge of boarding the tug stealthily, surprising and arresting the crew members, a local report stated.

The Sea Paradise was taken to the Los Llanos dock in the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife on November 12th. Udyco investigators accessed the ship and managed to locate the narcotic substance in a store room. The tug was claimed to have left a port in the Dominican Republic on an undetermined date. As of November 13th the vessel was listed as Stopped at Tenerife.

1973-built, Panama-flagged, 1,348 gt Sea Paradise is owned by Royal Cammille Invest Inc care of manager Transglobal Metals Srl of the Dominican republic.