Drugs seized, crew arrested in Mauritius

Livestock carrier LSS Success. Credit: Marine Traffic/Pinko Palinko

Mauritian authorities seized drugs valued at almost USD740,000 and arrested four crew members during a search of a livestock carrier arriving at Port Louis, Mauritius.

The haul comprised 39 kg of cannabis, including 2 kg of resin and 1 kg of paste, and 99 syringes. Among the four crew arrested were three Indians and one Tanzanian.

According to a local media report, LSS Success left the South African port of East London on 31 May with 625 head of cattle on board for Mauritian business Agroboss Feedlot and arrived at Port Louis on 13 June 2020.

The drugs were found after a search was carried out by officers and two sniffer dogs from the customs section of the Mauritius Revenue Authority. The news report said the vessel had been “in the crosshairs of the investigators for some time”.

However, Agroboss Feedlot’s majority shareholder, Yousuf Jeeva, said that although his company had been using the vessel to transport its livestock imports from South Africa since September 2019, the drugs on board had nothing to do with his business.

The 1,370 gwt Panama-flagged LSS Success was built in 1970, and is managed by the Dubai-based RTSS Maritime Services.