French Authorities Seize 406kg of Cocaine in the Bay of Biscay

A significant narcotics operation conducted on the night of May 23-24 led to the seizure of 406 kg of cocaine in the Bay of Biscay. The operation, led by the French authorities, saw the French Customs Patrol Vessel KERMORVAN, based in Brest, intercept a sailing vessel named LE DAHU, flying the Polish flag.

The French National Directorate of Customs Intelligence and Investigations (DNRED) initiated the detection of the vessel in the Caribbean and tracked it into the Bay of Biscay, in collaboration with OFAST, the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Spanish National Police, with coordination through MAOC (N).

The two crew members of LE DAHU, after attempting to destroy the vessel and its cargo by setting it on fire, were rescued by the KERMORVAN crew. The drugs, found in 19 bales aboard the vessel, were handed over to OFAST under the authority of the Public Prosecutor at the Brest Judicial Court, supported by the Atlantic Maritime Gendarmerie Group.