Hash-traffickers sail too close to the wind

A JOINT sting, by Spanish National Police, Guardia Civil and Tax Agency, led to a whopping 3.7-tonne hashish haul, worth 17.7 million euros, seized in southern Spain.

Fourteen people were held during raids in the Andalucian provinces of Cadiz, Malaga, and Huelva, plus the North African Spanish enclave of Ceuta.

In addition, three modified speedboats, equipped with high-powered engines, a yacht, a fishing boat, nine cars and guns, as well as more than 100,000 euros in cash, were seized.

The raid followed an 18-month probe, sparked when drug-enforcement investigators were alerted to a suspicious, semi-rigid boat, which docked repeatedly in Marbella’s Bajadilla Marina.

It was soon evident that the vessel was being used by a drug-trafficking gang, based in the Campo de Gibraltar area of Cadiz.

The first two arrests were made when a boat, sailing from El Terron in Huelva to Morocco, was intercepted in February, carrying 1.5 tonnes of hashish.

A month later, a second craft was tracked as it travelled from Cadiz to Morocco, leading to four additional gang members being put behind bars.

And intelligence gained from these swoops allowed detectives to identify the ringleaders, which fueled the latest round of eight arrests.

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