Law-enforcement of New Caledonia, a country in southwestern Pacific Ocean, has detained three citizens of Lithuania on suspicion of drugs smuggling.
Narcotics shipment
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The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry told BNS that New Caledonia's institutions had officially notified the Lithuanian Embassy to France on Wednesday about the Tuesday detention of the three Lithuanian citizens on the suspicion of large-scale smuggling of narcotic substances.

According to reports in the French media, four citizens of Lithuania and Latvia are suspected of carrying 1.4 tons of cocaine on a yacht. Sailing under the flag of Gibraltar, the vessel was detained in a joint operation by the customs and police.

The authorities believe the 100-million-euro shipment was intended for the Australian market.

The ministry said the detainees had been provided information about their rights, however, have not yet turned to the embassy for consular assistance. The embassy has been notified that the detained individuals had been given a chance to contact their families.

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