EUR 332m cocaine seized as drugs gang arrested

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31 May 2005, MADRID — Three Britons are among 12 people arrested after a vessel carrying five tonnes of cocaine was stopped off the coast of Spain.

31 May 2005

MADRID — Three Britons are among 12 people arrested after a vessel carrying five tonnes of cocaine was stopped off the coast of Spain.

The haul, one of the biggest ever seized, is thought to be worth at least EUR 332 million on the street.

The drugs were found when the boat reached Las Palmas in the Canary Islands at the weekend.

On Friday, Timothy Kieran O'Toole, Ian Stephen Davenport and James Carabini were arrested on the Costa del Sol.

The vessel was tracked across the Atlantic from Latin America in a joint operation by police and customs in Spain, Portugal and the UK.

It is thought the drugs were bound for all three countries.

When the boat stopped in the Canaries last week, armed Spanish Customs officers stormed the boat, arrested the crew and seized the cargo.

Then police in mainland Spain mounted a series of raids across the country holding alleged members of a Spanish drugs clan and Colombians.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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