The Drennec, a tuna purse seiner intended for fishing in the Indian Ocean, has been the subject of an investigation by the anti-drug squad (Icac) of the Port since Monday, July 1. 3.35 kilos of hashish, estimated at Rs 16.7 million, were discovered hidden on board. Although, to date, no suspect has been traced by the anti-drug squad, the sleuths are deepening their investigations to determine whether this drug was intended for the Mauritian market or another destination in the Indian Ocean. The investigators, led by Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Hossanee and Chief Inspector Dabysing, do not rule out the hypothesis of regional drug trafficking in the Indian Ocean, favoring the maritime route.

It was an employee working on board the tuna boat MV Drennec who discovered this package on the night of Sunday 30 June, around 11pm. He alerted the captain of the boat who, in turn, alerted the police. The 24 crew members of different nationalities – French, Senegalese, Beninese, Ivorians and Malagasy – were questioned by the bloodhounds of the Adsu du Port. But they denied any knowledge of the presence of this drug package.

The police have already taken their fingerprints for expert purposes in order to trace the individual operating on this boat of the Compagnie française du thon océanique (CFTO) who allegedly handled this package of cannabis resin. Since June 5, this French tuna boat has been moored for repair work in the grounds of the Chantier naval de l'océan Indien in Free Port, Red Sea.

This is not the first time that drugs have been transported on board the Drennec. At the end of October 2023, the office of the anti-narcotics office of Saint Denis de la Réunion (OFAST) had obtained precise information that a large quantity of cannabis resin (hashish) was hidden on board the Drennec. Around forty soldiers were mobilized, and the tuna purse seiner was diverted to the port of Mamoudzou, in Mayotte. During a search of the ship, 47 kilos of cannabis resin were found hidden in cans used to store cleaning products.

The investigation had traced back to a Malagasy sailor as being a link in this international drug trafficking. Before the court of Mamoudzou in Mayotte, he was sentenced to two years in prison.

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