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Jul 14, 2004

Belize registered ship busted off Spain

Another Belize registered ship has been busted for drugs on the high seas. On Wednesday, Spanish police boarded the vessel “Africa 1″ one hundred and forty kilometres off that country’s port of Cadiz and seized four point five tons of cocaine. Four Greeks and an Italian were arrested. The seventy-foot fishing trawler, which has been provisionally registered only since May, was being tracked by Spain for around two months. Immarbe, the Belize Merchant Marine Registry, with Belize government approval, cooperated in the investigation and authorized Spanish authorities to board the vessel. According to a release from Immarbe, they will launch their own proceedings to discipline the ship’s owners, agents and crew, who will be subject to heavy administrative fines and deregistration.

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