Spanish naval tall ship Juan Sebastián Elcano, Op Sail 2012. Photo by Mai Armstrong

 

Remember OpSail 2012? Well, apparently one of the tall ships was carrying more than goodwill to New York… a whole lot more.

Two drug kingpins have been arrested in Columbia for smuggling heroin and cocaine into New York aboard the Spanish naval tall ship Juan Sebastian de Elcano.

Drugs seized in a bust. Photo by DEA Employee (PD)

 

New York Post: “A tourist attraction wherever it anchors, the ship served as the perfect cover for traffickers as it hopscotched across the Atlantic Ocean and back carrying it’s illicit cargo,” said Bridget G Brennan of the Office of the Special Narcotics Office.

The celebrated 371-foot long schooner built in 1927 was on six-month voyage that originated in Spain with stops in France, Italy and Morocco before crossing the Atlantic Ocean for stops in Colombia, the Dominican Republic and New York City.

Spanish naval tall ship Juan Sebastián Elcano, Op Sail 2012. Photo by Mai Armstrong

 

A wiretap investigation revealed that Hoayeck and Siado-Alvarez agreed to pay two sailors $32,000 to hide the narcotics aboard the vessel and deliver the goods to dealers in New York, officials said. Read more from the New York Post here…

posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

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