Many shipowners and P&I members will be well aware of the current situation in Mexico whereby ships found to have illegal contraband on board such as illegal drugs have been arrested or detained. The consequence of the Mexican Criminal Code is that any crew suspected of being involved must serve time in prison whilst awaiting trial whether guilty or innocent.  This can be a considerable period of time given the lengthy process involved and in addition due to the inevitable delays posed by the COVID 19 pandemic.


As such Land and Sea Forensics Ltd are uniquely placed to offer advice to shipowners and members as to how to prevent such contraband being smuggled on board in the first place or how to show or prove that in all likelihood if drugs are found that the crew were not to blame.


For your information our team are all former senior members of the UK military or law enforcement many of whom have worked undercover and some of whom have actually posed as criminals with the knowledge of law enforcement working with the drug cartels smuggling such contraband on board vessels into the USA and Europe.  


So in essence we understand the nature of the criminality, the landscape and the methodology involved.  


This unique experience has allowed us to develop a bespoke service utilising dedicated experienced advisors, standard operating procedures and tailored advice which all owners can use and adopt to prevent drugs being smuggled on board in countries or ports which pose a high risk.  Our advisors are trained and ready to advise owners, clubs or to join a vessel if need be at any time during a journey where such a route or high risk destination is anticipated to ensure that no illegal contraband is brought on board.


In addition where in an unfortunate situation drugs are found on board and the authorities have detained a ship or crew have been arrested.  We also have experience in being able to provide owners with robust evidence to show that their crew were in all likelihood not to blame.  On most occasions in our experience drugs are smuggled on board by port agents and officials who have been compromised by the drug cartels in question.


This service is available to all owners and P&I Clubs and can be provided on a one off basis or as part of a subscription service.  If interested then please contact us.



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