A police raid on a floating crystal meth laboratory in the Dutch port of Moerdijk has been scuppered after the 85-metre (280ft) boat suddenly began to sink, in what is believed to have been a remotely operated attempt to destroy evidence.
Police forensic experts had to swiftly disembark when the cargo ship, containing methamphetamine oil with a street value of more than €4.5m (£3.9m), started rapidly taking on water just after midnight on Saturday.
“The water flowed in at a rapid pace,” a police spokesman said. “The employees of the various emergency services had to stop their work and leave the boat.
“Investigation showed that a kind of booby trap had been put into operation. A pump was presumably turned on remotely, which could sink the boat.”
In an attempt to prevent chemicals and fuel from entering the water, the infrastructure and water management ministry erected a screen around the ship, which had sunk by about 1.5 metres before being stabilised.
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#Moerdijk Zaterdagmorgen kolkte het water plotseling het ruim van het vrachtschip binnen. Er waren veel medewerkers aanwezig voor politieonderzoek en de ontmanteling van het drugsschip. In de film is te zien dat men het schip snel verliet en zoveel mogelijk goederen werden gered. pic.twitter.com/YANJhaDVF9 May 11, 2019