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article imagePlot thickens as cocaine found on hair of Costa Concordia captain

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 19, 2012 in World
Traces of cocaine were found on the outside of a hair sample taken from the head of the captain of the Costa Concordia, reports out of Italy say. However other tests say the captain of the ill-fated cruise liner did not have any cocaine in his system.
Tests were done on samples of Francesco Schettino's hair and urine on Jan. 17, four days after the tragedy. They were ordered by the prosecution in the case against the beleaguered captain, charged with causing a shipwreck, abandoning his ship and multiple counts of manslaughter.
Group questions Schettino tests
An Italian consumer protection group representing many survivors called Codacons said they find it "very strange" that his hair had traces on cocaine on the outside,and yet his urine and hair itself did indicate there was cocaine in his system. They called it "strange, passive contamination" and are asking that the tests be redone.
However, Marcello Chiarotti, the forensics expert who conducted the tests said a small amount of cocaine "was a marginal problem that absolutely doesn't invalidate the results of the analysis." The Italian news agency ANSA quoted him saying results do not point to the captain consuming cocaine and adding "those who work in our field know that there can be problems like this." Chiarotti is sticking with the results of the tests.
Fuel pumped out of Costa Concordia
Schettino is under house arrest at his home near Naples until the start of his trail. Meanwhile, the Dutch salvage company, Smit Salvage, began operations last week to pump out the 2,300 tonnes of heavy fuel and 200 tons of diesel fuel on the ship and that work, which may take up to a month, is said to be going well. There have been 17 bodies recovered and another 15 people are still missing.
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