The captain of a merchant ship in Cartagena is arrested for carrying stowaways and facilitating their access to Spain.

The captain of a merchant ship in Cartagena is arrested for carrying stowaways and facilitating their access to Spain
Image of the operation carried out by the National Police to arrest the captain of the boat.
– NATIONAL POLICE

Agents of the National Police have arrested the captain of a merchant ship after facilitating two stowaways to travel on board his vessel and helping them to evade police control and the security zone in the Port of Escombreras (Cartagena).

The individual, of Syrian origin, has been arrested for his alleged involvement in crimes of favouring illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings, according to sources of the aforementioned Corps in a statement.

National Police agents assigned to the Maritime Border Post of Cartagena became aware of the possible escape of several people who were travelling on board a Panamanian-flagged vessel which was calling at the Muelle Príncipe Felipe de Escombreras carrying out work of loading and unloading cereals.

Immediately, the National Police set up an operation aimed at locating and identifying these people, as well as determining the circumstances in which they were travelling on the merchant ship.

The investigation carried out by the National Police agents allowed them to determine, initially, that the fugitives were not part of the official crew of the vessel, and were therefore “stowaways”.

To this end, the National Police proceeded to check ‘in situ’ and on board the ship the identity of each of the sailors and their correspondence with the embarkation list that had previously been sent to the police officers.

Simultaneously, thanks to the collaboration of the Port Authority, the agents were able to verify and have video evidence that there were at least two stowaways who left the ship. After carrying out various diversionary manoeuvres, they managed to evade surveillance and security measures to leave the premises.

At all times, the stowaways were expressly assisted by the captain of the merchant ship, maintaining close contact with him both during the journey that took them to Cartagena and once they left the ship.

During the aforementioned distraction manoeuvres, the stowaways interacted with the captain at all times until, thanks to his cooperation, they managed to move away from the monitored working area.

For the aforementioned facts, the National Police proceeded to arrest the captain, of Syrian origin, and placed him at his disposal, charging him with the crimes of favouring illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings. As a result of the actions carried out and thanks to the speed with which they were carried out, the individual was sentenced to prison.

At all times, the National Police was in coordination with the Maritime Captaincy, and its collaboration and participation in the development of the investigation was fundamental, according to the same sources.

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