COCAINE-CARRYING SHIP UNLOADS NORMAL CARGO

COCAINE-CARRYING SHIP UNLOADS NORMAL CARGO

The seized Liberian freighter Sun Tempest has been discharging its cargo of copper, tin, onions and canned fish in Liverpool, England, according to agents for the vessel Pacific Steamship Navigation Co.

U.K. Customs and Excise seized the ship Tuesday after finding 190 kilograms of cocaine on board, the second-largest amount found in a single operation in the United Kingdom.The 15,521-deadweight-ton freighter was carrying a cargo of about 5,000 tons of copper ore and 400 tons of tin ore in addition to the onions and canned fish, a spokesman for the agent said.

"The cargo is discharging normally and will reach the customers on time, allowing for about a day's delay due to rain," he stressed Thursday.

The cocaine was found in the engine room of the freighter when it arrived in Liverpool from South America. The cocaine, said to have a street value of $85 million, probably originated in Colombia or Peru, officials said.