Bust strikes another blow to cocaine smugglers

14th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 June 2005, MADRID — Spanish security forces seized three tonnes of cocaine aboard a Belgian vessel in the Atlantic and arrested two Belgians and an Albanian, authorities said.

14 June 2005

MADRID — Spanish security forces seized three tonnes of cocaine aboard a Belgian vessel in the Atlantic and arrested two Belgians and an Albanian, authorities said.

The drugs were thought to have had a street value in the region of EUR 200 million.

They said 16 more suspected members of a drug-trafficking ring with connections in South America were arrested in the northern Spanish province of Pontevedra and the southern province of Malaga.

The interior ministry said the catamaran 'Non Stop' was boarded and seized Sunday between the Azores and the coast of Galicia, the north-western Spanish region for which it apparently was bound.

The high-seas raid was the culmination of an operation that began early this year, the ministry said.

It is latest in a series of high-profile drugs busts in recent weeks.

The most spectacular was on 31 May, when a combined operation between Spanish police and British customs arrested a gang smuggling five tonnes of cocaine, worth EUR 332 million, from South America bound for Britain.

In a separate operation last week, another Anglo-Spanish operation broke up a Glasgow-based gang which was trying to smuggle EUR 35m of cannabis from Morocco to Britain.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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