Spain stops smuggling 7 tonnes of hashish by gangs | News | DW
Spanish police said on Sunday they had seized more than seven tonnes of hashish from one of their biggest drug busts so far this year.
Three people were arrested during an operation in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar last month that intercepted a drug transport of 200 packets of hash.
“This is one of the biggest drug operations ever [gangs] this year, with more than seven tonnes of hashish seized, reducing the activity of criminal organizations based in the Strait of Gibraltar, ”the Civil Guard said in a statement.
Tugboat in bad weather
Investigators said the gang used a tug capable of transporting large amounts of narcotics across the Mediterranean to Spain, especially when weather conditions are less than ideal.
The gang had apparently set up a front company in the city of Huelva, in southern Spain, and used it to conduct their operations.
Authorities said they had been following the gang for more than a year, with the help of maritime intelligence officials based in Galicia and the Canary Islands, as well as Dutch and French police.
The ship, named Felsted, had previously been used to transport drugs to other European countries.
Spain has seen major successes against drug gangs in recent months.
In March, police announced that they had captured a homemade submarine that was used to transport up to 2 metric tons (2.2 tons) of drugs.
The 9-meter-long (30-foot) ship was found in a shipyard in Malaga, on the country’s south coast, following an international operation involving five other countries and the Union police agency European Union, Europol.
Authorities last month arrested 100 suspected gang members accused of using speedboats to smuggle cannabis from Morocco to Spain.
The gang then transported the drugs inland using Spain’s Guadalquivir River before transferring them to fruit trucks to supply dealers across Europe.
With material from Reuters