Diver caught recovering 77 kilos of hashish from seabed to avoid customs
A diver and his accomplice have been arrested by agents of the Port Police and the Guardia Civil of the Puerto de la Luz and Las Palmas port in Gran Canaria, while they were trying to unload four bundles at the Los Cambulloneros dock with 77 kilos of hashish in them.
The diver collected the ballasted bales from the bottom of the dock after they had been thrown from a ship, and then moved under water by the divers to the dock, where his accomplice was waiting for him to hoist them ashore and hide them in a car to avoid customs.
The judicial authorities have decreed provisional imprisonment for the two men, and they are being further investigated for crimes against public health in an operation that remains under secrecy.
The arrest happened when a Port Police patrol was surprised to see an individual parked with his car near the edge of the Los Cambulloneros dock, in the Las Palmas port in the capital of Gran Canaria. This man was in the car with the doors of the vehicle open, and staring at the sea, in an area where access is prohibited without special authorization.
The agents realised something was amiss and managed to watch him without being seen, as he threw a rope into the sea and pulled four bales out of the water, where a diver was attaching them to the rope.
For this reason, the port police alerted the Guardia Civil who immediately appeared in the area accompanied by members of the Special Group for Underwater Activities (GEAS).
They straight away detained the two individuals, and began to investigate the situation, reaching the conclusion that the bales were thrown into the sea by a boat that was arriving at port, and they were ballasted so that they sank and stayed on the sea floor.
Upon depositing the bales at the bottom of the dock, the diver would come and pick them up from a depth of 27 metres and take them to the Los Cambulloneros dock, where he was helped by the other detainee to lift them to the surface and hide them inside the car. The agents also detected how the vehicle was perfectly prepared to hide the drug in empty spaces scattered throughout the car body.
The divers of GEAS Civil Guard spent quite some time inspecting the bottom of the seabed of the Cambulloneros dock to check that there were no more hidden bales, and finally recovered these four bales that weighed just over 77 kilograms of hashish.
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The magistrate of the Court of Instruction number 7 of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Francisco Javier García García-Sotoca has decreed immediate provisional prison for the two detainees, subsequently inhibiting the court that is carrying out this operation, which is in these moments under summary secrecy since the agents continue on the trail of both the traffickers who transported the drug to Gran Canaria and their possible recipients.
The two detainees are from Gran Canaria and have an extensive record of crimes related to drug trafficking between them. The investigation continues.