On Aug 22, a joint operation of police anti-narcotics division and Coast Guard searched a ship’s hull and found a container or a box filled with cocaine, attached to the hull in the aft section.
The Captain and Senior Officers onboard the Japanese Capesize Bulk Carrier “Frontier Falcon” have been detained in regards to the Cocaine found onboard during the bust operation.
Capesize bulk carrier FRONTIER FALCON was berthed at Icdas port, Turkey, Marmara sea, late Aug 19. The vessel was berthed on arrival from Colombia.
The FRONTIER FALCON (IMO: 9546980) is a Bulk Carrier that was built 9 years ago (in 2011) and is sailing under the flag of Panama. Its bulk carrying capacity is 176820 t DWT.
Her length overall (LOA) is 292 meters and her width is 44.98 meters. The ship is managed by MHIZUHO SANGYO CO LTD.
The box discovered contained packages with cocaine, totaling 25 kilos. Hull inspection with the deployment of divers was to be continued.
According to an official statement, 7 crew including Captain were detained, caught allegedly, in the process of procuring the packages from a box.
The involvement of the crew including the Captain and senior officers is not yet confirmed. The details remain sketchy and unclear.
Usually, when drugs are found in hideouts, law enforcement bodies are either tipped off or monitor suspicious ships long before detention and search.
In April 2017, one of the original “Cocaine Cowboys,” a crew of notorious drug traffickers who operated in South Florida in the 1980s, was arrested in Kissimmee after 26 years on the run.
Gustavo Falcon, who also goes by several aliases, including Augusto Falcon and “Taby,” was finally captured by a team of U.S. Marshals from Miami working with U.S. Marshals in the Orlando-Kissimmee area.
While the U.S. Marshals conducted the surveillance, they saw what they thought was Falcon and his wife exit the house to go on a bike ride.
“They were wearing helmets and sunglasses, so initially, it was hard to get a positive ID,” said Barry Golden, with the U.S. Marshals Service.
Authorities surveilled the pair for some time, and when they were able to confirm the man was Falcon, they stopped him as he rode his bicycle at a traffic light in Kissimmee.