A Japanese-controlled capesize bulker has been caught up in a major anti-drug smuggling operation in Gibraltar.

Reports say 108 kilos of cocaine, with a street value of over $8m, was recovered from the 176,900-dwt Mount Faber (built 2008).

The drugs were packed into a torpedo-shaped device attached to the bulker’s hull, according to a spokesman for the Royal Gibraltar Police.

Reports say the ship was intercepted on Monday in the Gibraltar Strait while en route from Columbia to Turkey.

“We can confirm that during the course of Tuesday afternoon a multi-agency, non-security related, operation was undertaken in the Bay of Gibraltar,” the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) said in a statement.