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  • French Navy Seizes 1460kg of Cocaine in Joint Operation in the Atlantic

    French Navy Seizes 1460kg of Cocaine in Joint Operation in the Atlantic

    On May 22nd, 2024, the Surveillance Frigate VENTÔSE of the French Navy intercepted a flagless fishing vessel on the Atlantic high seas. The vessel, found out to be named TY COZ, had 5 crew members and was carrying 63 bales and 4 bricks of cocaine onboard. The VENTÔSE proceeded to interdict the TY COZ after…


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

    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…


  • British Ambassador to Portugal Lisa Bandari Visits MAOC (N)

    British Ambassador to Portugal Lisa Bandari Visits MAOC (N)

    British Ambassador to Portugal, Lisa Bandari, and Deputy Head of Mission, Nigel Boud, recently visited the Centre’s Headquarters in Lisbon. This visit reinforced MAOC-N and the UK’s shared and unwavering commitment to enhancing maritime security and combating drug trafficking through international cooperation. During her visit, Ambassador Bandari met with the Centre’s Director Sjoerd Top and…


  • MAOC-N Supports Two French Operations in the Atlantic – 2.4 Tonnes of Cocaine Seized

    MAOC-N Supports Two French Operations in the Atlantic – 2.4 Tonnes of Cocaine Seized

    In the past week, the French Navy conducted 2 maritime operations off the Caribbean, resulting in the seizure of over 2400 Kg of cocaine destined for Europe. The first target was a polish-flagged sailing vessel, which was intercepted and boarded by the French Navy asset Ventôse, 500 nautical miles off Martinique in an area widely…


  • MAOC-N Spotlighted in TF1 Documentary on Atlantic Cocaine Routes

    MAOC-N Spotlighted in TF1 Documentary on Atlantic Cocaine Routes

    TF1, a widely known French news and TV channel, has featured MAOC-N in their latest documentary shedding light on the cocaine routes within the Atlantic. This documentary highlights the Centre’s collaborative efforts and expertise in combating drug trafficking in the region, underscoring the importance of MAOC-N’s role in addressing such challenges. TF1’s full video and…


  • Spanish authorities arrest several members of an organisation dedicated to maritime drug trafficking

    Spanish authorities arrest several members of an organisation dedicated to maritime drug trafficking

    A joint operation conducted by the Spanish Customs’ Surveillance service and National Police has resulted in a significant blow against a Spanish based organised crime group, responsible for introducing several tons of cocaine in Europe by sea. This large investigation started in 2022, after 1165 Kg of cocaine were found inside a sailing vessel which…