Australia Seizes Record Cocaine Haul From Cruise Ship

Three Canadians charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment.

Swati Pandey
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An armed policeman stands next to packs of cocaine at the organized crime prosecutor' office in Bucharest, Romania, July 1, 2016.
File photo: An armed policeman stands next to packs of cocaine at the organized crime prosecutor' office in Bucharest, Romania, July 1, 2016.Credit: Andreea Alexandru, AP
Swati Pandey

REUTERS - Australian customs officers seized a record 95 kilograms (210 pounds) of cocaine from a cruise ship docked in Sydney Harbour following a joint operation over the weekend and leading to the arrest of three Canadians, the officials said on Monday. 

It was the biggest drug seizure at an airport or a cruise ship in Australia, Tim Fitzgerald, a regional commander at the Australian Border Force, said.

Customs officers boarded the vessel and searched cabins with the help of sniffer dogs, they said in a statement. 

"It was during the search of the cabin ... that we identified a number of suitcases in the cabin itself that were locked. Itemizer or trace technology was used to scan the outside of those suitcases and as a result a number of tests came positive for the presence of cocaine," Fitzgerald said. 

The Canadians were charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine, for which the maximum penalty is life imprisonment. 

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