Cocaine found on Spanish Navy ship

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Police in Spain have discovered 127 kg of cocaine on-board a Spanish navy ship currently used to train new naval recruits.

The ship, named the ‘Juan Sebastián Elcano’, is an old fashioned tall ship. The drugs were discovered hidden in a room containing the ship´s sails.

The ‘Juan Sebastián Elcano’  has travelled 33,000 km around the world visiting many countries with all 69 new recruits meeting  some of the highest ranking officers of the Spanish Navy whilst on their travels.

Three of the vessels sailors also travelling on-board took the opportunity to smuggle concealed narcotics hoping for safe passage for their personal gain.

They are reported to have smuggled 20kg of cocaine from Colombia to New York with intention to supply only weeks previously.  Authorities in the USA became aware of potential drug trafficking from a suspect selling on behalf of the trio in New York City.

Currently detained in a Madrid prison following their arrest and conviction all three are awaiting sentencing where they may receive up to a maximum of 6 years imprisonment.

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