Divers working with the French customs authorities discovered 124 kilograms of cocaine hidden in a cavity in the hull of a cargo ship coming from Brazil.
The captain and crew of 23 were arrested.
The relevant authorities said Thursday that the ship was unloading a shipment of chemical pulp in the port of La Rochelle in southwestern France when customs officials examined the ship.
At a depth of 12 meters, divers discovered an unusual tape that was hanging from an outlet covering a cavity that draws cooling water. Then they looked closely into the cavity to discover the bags hidden inside it.
Three divers helped drug control officials pull the bags.
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