MV Verila carrying more than Canadian grain under investigation in Ireland

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Six crew members have been arrested by gardaí following the seizure of the MV Verila, which was found to be carrying 300kg of cocaine worth about €21 million in Limerick earlier this week. The bulk carrier was detained in Foynes Port, near Limerick on Tuesday in a joint Revenue and Garda operation. The Verila, a 32,000 dwt bulker arrived in the Irish port of Foynes on the West Coast near the city of Limerick early on Tuesday. Owned by Bulgaria’s Navigation Maritime Bulgare (Navibulgar), the ship which is registered in Malta is reported to be carrying a load of grain from Canada. She spent two and a half days in Hamilton before departing from Montreal on December 9. The ship appears to have spent the last few months on a triangular route, journeying between Europe and South America and North America before returning to Europe.  It is the second major seizure the Irish have made in recent months. In September, another bulker, the Mathew, was found to be smuggling approximately 2,000 kg of cocaine. The vessel was seized and a prosecution is ongoing in that case.

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