The crew of the M/V TRUDY ship was detained in France, on suspicion of drug smuggling, including one citizen of Ukraine. This was announced by Oleh Nikolenko, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“On October 4, French law enforcement agencies detained the crew of the M/V TRUDY ship near the city of Dunkirk on suspicion of drug smuggling. There is one Ukrainian citizen among the crew members,” Nikolenko said.
According to him, the Ukrainian Embassy in France is already engaged in this matter, provides consular and legal assistance.
“Our citizen is provided with a lawyer and an interpreter. Consuls are in contact with French law enforcement agencies to clarify all the circumstances,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman added.
As we reported earlier, in Kyiv, officers from the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) detained two people who were trying to sell 229,000 counterfeit dollars.
The agency said that the defendants set up an illegal business to buy counterfeit currency abroad and sell it in Ukraine.
“Two people were detained for selling counterfeit foreign currency. The perpetrators were a 42-year-old native of Luhansk region and a 34-year-old resident of Lviv region,” the statement reads.