A group of smugglers set fire to their cargoship containing an estimated 30 tons of hashish as Italian police attempted to apprehend the vessel, according a report from the Telegraph.
Sailing under the Tanzanian flag, the MV Gold Star was monitored by police for three days before boats and aircraft were sent out to apprehend the ship. The ship’s nine-man crew then began to set fire to the cannabis concentrate before diving overboard into sea.
“Setting fire to the cargo and then jumping in to the water, far from the coast, is something we’ve not seen in 30 years,” said a police spokesman. “It was very strange ehavior and we are trying to figure out what exactly made them do it.”
The fire lasted 24 hours before being put out, providing the island residents of Malta with a proper head-change for the day.