Sunday, February 19, 2012

Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino: 'Cocaine Found On Concordia Captain's Hair'

Traces of cocaine have been found on a hair sample taken from the captain of the Costa Concordia, according to lawyers representing survivors of the stricken cruise ship.

But the consultant who did the analysis for prosecutors found no presence of the drug in Captain Francesco Schettino's urine or within the strands of his hair, which would have indicated he had used the drug.

Schettino, 52, is under house arrest in his home near Naples while he is investigated for alleged manslaughter and abandoning his ship, which hit a reef off the coast of Italy on January 13.

Thirty-two people are believed to have died, including 15 whose bodies have not been found.

Italian consumer protection group Codacons, which is representing some survivors of the shipwrecked liner, said the DNA samples were taken on January 17.

In a statement, Codacons said the results were "very strange".

It has asked prosecutors investigating Schettino to order another test to see if the samples might have been contaminated, accidentally mislabeled or switched. Read More