Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Portugal: Madeira Police Seize 132 Kilos (291 Pounds) of Cocaine Seized Aboard "MSC Poesia"

According to, a total of 132 kilos (291 pounds) of cocaine was seized aboard a cruise liner docked in Funchal over the weekend, the police in Portugal’s Special Administrative Region of Madeira announced Monday (May 5).

MSC Poesia is a cruise ship owned and operated by MSC Cruises. She was built in 2008 by the Aker Yards shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. She is a sister ship to MSC Musica, MSC Orchestra and MSC Magnifica. 

COMMENT: One challenge for Madiera police is when and who loaded such a large quantity of illegal drugs aboard an international cruise-ship.

Presumably, ports of call may wish to consider the use of drug detection dogs to ensure that illegal contraband is not aboard their vessel.

Cruise-ship passengers seemingly were unaware as to who brought the cocaine aboard the "MSC Poseia," a vessel capable of servicing 3,000 passengers. 

In a statement, police said three foreign males, ages 29, 32 and 33, were arrested upon seizure of the massive quantity of drugs.

The drugs were found inside backpacks, on the suspects' persons and also stored inside their cabin.

The seizure was made aboard the cruise-ship "MSC Poesia," that had called on Funchal after having arriving from Argentina, Brazil, the Canaries, Spain and was due next in call on Vigo.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.