Drug smuggling, the sailing feats we rarely hear about?

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

4 Responses

  1. Donald Joyce says:

    Wonder how many don’t get caught, but never make it…..

  2. Alan V. Cecil says:

    Well Ben, This story is “Quite An Enjohable Read!”

  3. Ted Dixon says:

    Hi guys
    Interesting article. I too have a story. Last year we put our trawler onboard a yacht transport vessel, in Oct 2020 in Newport,RI.
    We left her and made our way home, to New Zealand.
    Early Dec, just as we were out of quarantine (New Zealand COVID response) we learned that the yacht transporter, Happy Dover, had been arrested in Ensenada, MX.
    A sailing cat that was also being transported, had been offloaded in Ensenada and authorities found 2 tons of cocaine on board.

    Surprisingly Mexican Authorities arrested Happy Dover, and the other 12 yachts on board were hostages.
    Long story short, after legal battels with the transport company Seven Stars and Mexican Authorities, it was finally agreed that the yachts on board could be loaded onto another Seven Stars yacht transporter, Happy Dragon.

    We finally got our trawler back at the end of August, here in New Zealand.

    This drug trade, or the reaction to it, causes lots of grief and hardship. We are still sorting out the issues of our boat sitting idle, with no battery charging, etc.

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