Pacific Island ‘Ghostship’ Washes Ashore Full of Cocaine

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Pacific Island ‘Ghostship’ Washes Ashore Full of Cocaine
Exotic and Remote Marshall Islands Credit: Pixabay

PACIFIC ISLAND ‘Ghostship’ washes ashore full of cocaine, after potentially years floating across the Pacific Ocean.

It is thought that drug dealers had been forced to abandoned the ‘Ghostship’ in the Pacific Ocean and that ocean currents had caused it to gradually drift towards the islands, before washing up on the Ailuk Atoll.

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The Atoll is extremely remote and only has a population of around 400 residents. The atoll is part of the Marshall Islands where there is a growing drug problem, as when drugs wash ashore the locals tend to sell them. Residents of Ailuk have been thanked for turning the ship over to the authorities.

Nearly 650kg of cocaine was recovered from a hidden compartment in the deck of the ship and it is suspected that the boat originated in South or Central America. All but two of the class A drugs bundles have been incinerated by police, the last two will be examined by the US Drug Enforcement Agency.



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Alex Glenn
Alex Glenn is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News. Formerly she worked in the NHS for 15 years until relocating to Spain in 2018. She loves the Spanish lifestyle, language and culture and spent several years learning Spanish before moving to Spain for a better quality of life. She has made her home in the mountains in Almeria, where she loves being part of a rural community that has a mix of both expats and Spanish residents. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and exploring the area where she lives.

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