Category Smuggling

Mexico Seizes Illegal Iron Ore Destined for China – gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News

Mexico seized more than 119,000 tonnes of minerals suspected of being part of illegal export operations in a port where a powerful drug gang allegedly has been shipping iron to China, the government said on Monday. More than 400 federal agents, police and military personnel raided 11 sites around the Pacific port of Lazaro Cardenas […]

Yemen seizes Egyptian ship on Arabian Sea coast | Yemen Times

SANA’A, Jan.8—Interrogations of the crew of an Egyptian ship seized by Yemeni naval forces on Sunday in the Nashton Port of Mahra governorate are still underway. Yemeni authorities have yet to provide any information about the ship’s cargo but a committee that includes representatives from the general prosecutor’s office, the public security office, the Ministry […]

Panama says it will release all 35 detained N. Korean sailors if Pyongyang pays fine – Arirang News

Panama says it will release all of the North Korean sailors that were aboard a seized North Korean ship if the communist state pays the dues. Panamanian Foreign Minister Nunez Fabrega said the 35 sailors will be free to go once North Korea pays 670-thousand U.S. dollars in fines. He was speaking in an interview […]

Panama Releases Detained N. Korean Weapons Ship, 3 Crew Still Held

After six months, the Panamanian authorities have released the North Korean ship Chong Chon Gang, which was seized while transporting undeclared weapons. The vessel will be delivered at the Port of Sherman in Panama’s Colon Province in the presence of the country’s prosecutor against organized crime, Nathaniel Murgas. Additionally, 32 of the 35 detained crewmembers […]

Revealed: Mafia’s prime role in human-trafficking misery – Europe – World – The Independent

The role of Italian mobsters in human trafficking – of the kind that saw more than 350 African migrants perish off the coast of Lampedusa in a single boat disaster earlier this month – has been laid bare by police. Members of Mafia organisations work with crime syndicates in Egypt to charge would-be illegal immigrants […]

Vietnam seizes 2.4 tons of smuggled elephant tusks – World – NZ Herald News

Authorities in Vietnam have seized 2.4 tons of elephant tusks illegally imported from Malaysia in the second large seizure this month. Customs official Truong Cong Thanh in the northern port city of Hai Phong says the tusks were found in a container Monday. The cargo had been declared as sea shells. Thanh said Tuesday that […]

Panama to send detained North Korean crew, ship home: minister | Reuters

The North Korean crew and ship detained in Panama for smuggling Cuban weapons three months ago will soon be returned to the reclusive Asian nation, Panama’s foreign minister said Thursday. The crew’s return would mark the end of a bizarre chapter between the three countries that provoked international controversy after the ship was seized in […]