- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Authorities say two Colombian men helped traffic heroin and cocaine from Cartagena, Colombia to New York City aboard a Spanish Navy training vessel.

Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan says Friday that Jorge Luis Hoayeck and Jorge Alberto Siado-Alvarez were arrested in Colombia Thursday night.

Officials say their probe centered on an April 2014 shipment of drugs aboard the 1927-built schooner, the San Sebastian de Elcano.

Colombian authorities found that two Spanish midshipmen received $32,000 to hide the drugs. After the ship docked in New York, investigators say the midshipmen met Bronx-based traffickers who delivered the drugs to Hartford, Connecticut. Seven people have been charged in connection with that scheme.

Officials say the ship eventually docked in Cadiz, Spain, where authorities seized almost 280 pounds of cocaine in the ship’s storeroom.

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