This week a Turkish cargo ship «Munzur» was intercepted by the Italian police in the Tyrrhenian sea North of the island of Pantelleria, off the coast of Sicily, on suspicion of drug smuggling.
According to the chief editor of «Maritime Bulletin», a well-known expert in the navigation of Mikhail Voitenko, the vessel was discovered 11 tons of hashish in 500 packages.
The interception and detention of the vessel were the final stage of large-scale international operation, which involved law enforcement orney Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal, and Europol, the report said «Maritime Bulletin». The ship brought to Palermo. His crew, consisting of 11 persons (citizens of Ukraine and Georgia), was arrested. An investigation is underway. According to AIS, bulk carrier ought to Palermo from Ceuta Spain via Algeria.
Cargo ship «Munzur», built in 2008 and managed by the Turkish company «Anmar Uluslararasi Nakliyat», went under the flag of Panama.