1039 - 05/15 - Drugs found in a shipment of vegetables - Ecuador

The Association has been advised of a drugs related incident in Ecuador.

A Container Line Member recently had one of its containers searched at a load port terminal in Guayaquil, Ecuador by drug enforcement officers. During the search, 478 kilograms of cocaine were found. The drugs were stuffed inside vegetables, suggesting that any type of cargo can be used as a disguise.

The shipment was booked with a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) and the actual shipper is unknown. Container lines, that accept NVOCC bookings from areas that are high risk for drug trafficking, are advised to notify their NVOCC shippers and recommend a thorough check for all new customers, to ensure they are not involved in any illegal activities. 

Source of Information

George Radu
Thomas Miller (Americas)
San Francisco, USA

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