Police in Tahiti seized a yacht earlier this year in French Polynesia. The boat was taken after it was discovered with a whopping 800kg of cocaine aboard by routine checks. The captain responsible was promptly flown to France for prosecution and the yacht was then taken to be auctioned off to raise money for the police force.
Wait a minute.
Something sounds like it’s missing right?
They seized the boat, found drugs, arrested the man in charge, then they took the boat and sold it. Everything seems like it’s in order…
Oh right, they forgot to take the drugs off the boat.
When the vessel was subsequently sold the new owner was all ready to go and sail around the world with content that he’d bought a great yacht at a helluva steal. He was, however, somewhat shocked to go on-board and discover it still had a butt-load of cocaine still in its possession.
The man promptly phoned the police who sheepishly arrived to remove the cocaine but I have no doubt that someone will be losing their job over this. It’s what is known in Britain as a “massive c*ck-up” and those are fireable offences.
It is believed that the drugs, which were worth millions of dollars, were meant for either Australia or New Zealand.