Customs seizes 2.5 tonnes of cocaine, arrest 7

29th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 October 2007, MADRID - (AFP) - Spanish customs officers confiscated 2.5 tonnes of cocaine in two operations in the northwestern region of Galicia Monday and detained seven people in connection to the seizures, the economy ministry said.

29 October 2007

MADRID - (AFP) - Spanish customs officers confiscated 2.5 tonnes of cocaine in two operations in the northwestern region of Galicia Monday and detained seven people in connection to the seizures, the economy ministry said.

A rubber dinghy was intercepted at daybreak near the port city of Vigo with some 90 bundles of cocaine on board, it said in a statement.

A second dinghy was stopped at a beach in Galicia after people on board threw several packages of cocaine into the water, it added.

The identity of the detained, as well as the origin and value of the narcotics, was not given.

Spain, with its historic and linguistic links to South America, is the main entry point to Europe for cocaine from the continent and Galicia, with its maze of coves, caves and inlets, is favoured by drug smugglers.

Spanish police said they seized an average of 39 tonnes of cocaine, mainly from Colombia, each year between 2001 and 2005.

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