A total of 132 kilos of cocaine was seized on board a cruise liner docked in Funchal over the weekend, the police in Portugal’s Special Administrative Region of Madeira announced Monday.
In a statement, the police said three non-national males, aged 29, 32 and 33, had been taken into custody in relation to the find.
The same source said that the drugs were found inside their backpacks, on their bodies and also stored away inside their cabin.
The find was made onboard the vessel "MSC Poesia" that had stopped off in Funchal after having arriving from Argentina, Brazil, the Canaries, Spain and was due next in Vigo.
“Given the volume of the drugs, it does not seem as though they were destined for the local market," a police source told Lusa.