A search by Russian investigators has led them to believe that there might be hard drugs on the Greenpeace ship.
BBC reports that after the ship was seized as part of a protest in the Arctic last month, poppy straw and morphine were found and confiscated, according to Russia’s Investigative Committee. Poppy straw is also known as raw opium and it can be used to make morphine or heroin.
Greenpeace said that these allegations of illegal drugs are a “smear” campaign and that the only drugs found in the ship are legal, medical supplies that are there by law. The Arctic Sunrise — the Greenpeace ship — has citizens of 18 nations and a total of 30 people are being held on suspicion of “piracy.”