Friday, December 18, 2020

'Ghost Boat' yields 649 kg of cocaine in Marshall Islands

Ailuk Atoll is a remote atoll with about 400 people.Marshall Islands cops found their largest-ever haul of cocaine in an abandoned boat that washed up on a remote atoll after drifting on the high seas, likely for years. The 5.5-metre (18-foot) fibreglass vessel was found at Ailuk atoll with 649 kg (1,430 lbs) of cocaine.
It's speculated the boat's crew hit a Pacific storm.The vessel most likely drifted across the Pacific from Central or South America. Debris from the Americas often washes up in the Marshalls after months or even years at sea, driven by Pacific Ocean currents. Researchers conducted 16 computer simulations of drift patterns from the Mexico coast and found nearly all eventually arrived in the Marshall Islands.