Luxury yacht with 300 kilo of cocaine intercepted, Dutch-German crew arrested

Luxury yacht HCH-X was intercepted by Spanish Customs patrol boat early in the morning Aug 19, 15 nm west of Ibiza, Balearic Islands, on a suspicion of drugs trafficking. Some 300 kilo of cocaine of 18 mil euro value were found, divided into two parts 150 kilo each, and hidden inside yacht’s interior and Captain’s cabin. Yacht 5 crew were arrested, 4 of them being Dutch, and 1 German nationality. Yacht was taken to Palma de Mallorca. Understood bales with high quality cocaine were picked up by yacht after they’ve been dropped by a cargo ship. Investigation under way.
Luxury yacht HCH-X (ex- LADY ESTHER), MMSI 236152000, length 32 meters, GT 87, built 1973, flag Gibraltar, market cost 1.5 mil euro.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.