Monday, May 22, 2023

Costa Favolosa carrying 95 kg of cocaine

French cops busted 4 Brazilian drug smugglers with 95kg aboard the Costa Favolosa. It appears to be the largest quantity of cocaine seized from a cruise ship. French authorities in the port of Marseille became suspicious of two travelers as they prepared to go ashore during a port call on May 2. A known drug smuggling port, the French were doing bag checks of the people going ashore when they noticed the couple acting suspiciously.
The Costa Cruises’ ship is the Costa Favolosa. It is a large cruise ship accommodating over 3,000 passengers. The ship was on a cruise that had departed Savona, Italy, and after the port call in France was due to sail to Morocco. It was in the process of repositioning to Northern Europe for the summer.

Cruises from Brazil to Europe at the end of the season appear to have become a new target for the drug cartels. Last year, 10 passengers were apprehended with 54 kilos of cocaine aboard the MSC Seaside when the cruise ship arrived in Valencia, Spain. Shortly after it was revealed that Brazilian cops had arrested six passengers attempting to board the Costa’s Costa Diadema in the port of Santos.