Drugs Found on Montenegro Military Training Ship Ahead of Journey to Greece

FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, the training vessel 'Jadran' is moored at the port of Tivat, Montenegro. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

PODGORICA (AP) — Montenegro’s defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a navy training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece.

The ministry says the military police searched the Jadran, or the Adriatic, early Friday after learning that certain criminal gangs were planning to use it to smuggle drugs.

According to a statement from the ministry, dozens of kilograms (pounds) of suspected drugs were found during the search at the Tivat harbor and legal proceedings are underway.

The ship has been at the center of a dispute between the small Balkan country and neighboring Croatia, which claims ownership to it following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.

It was not immediately clear when the 86-year-old ship will set off on the planned training trip with 42 students.

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, crewmen sail aboard the training ship ‘Jadran’ near the port of Tivat, Montenegro. Montenegrin defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a military training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece. The ministry says that military police early on Friday, April 19, 2019 searched the ship called ‘Jadran’, or the Adriatic, after learning that certain criminal gangs were planning to use it to smuggle drugs. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)

FILE – In this Sept. 6, 2018 file photo, crewmen sail aboard the training ship ‘Jadran’ near the port of Tivat, Montenegro. Montenegrin defense ministry says the army has discovered drugs hidden on a military training ship ahead of its planned journey to Turkey and Greece. The ministry says that military police early on Friday, April 19, 2019 searched the ship called ‘Jadran’, or the Adriatic, after learning that certain criminal gangs were planning to use it to smuggle drugs. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic, File)