Police seize biggest airborne delivery of cocaine
5 December 2005, SEGOVIA — Police have seized a private jet carrying 106 kilogrammes of cocaine from Africa to Europe.
5 December 2005
SEGOVIA — Police have seized a private jet carrying 106 kilogrammes of cocaine from Africa to Europe.
The aircraft's crew were arrested at an airport in Segovia in an operation which began in August.
Ten people in all have been arrested, mostly Colombians and Germans.
The Cessna jet was seized at Fuentemilano aerodrome near Segovia.
Police sources said it was the largest amount of cocaine ever seized in this way, with smugglers bringing the drug in by air.
The gang had planned to take the drug from the Segovia area to Madrid and from there onwards it would be sold around Europe.
While they prepared to arrest the pilot and crew, police told aerodrome workers that an important businessman was arriving to supervise a major commercial centre, so as not to arouse suspicions.
This latest seizure represents a change of strategy on the part of the drug smugglers, said police.
After a series of highly successful arrests of smugglers bringing cargoes of cocaine by sea from South America, they have started to fly the drugs into Spain.
Africa has also become the main route, rather than South America.
In this case, the cocaine is thought to have been brought in via Guinea-Bissau.
Police also found EUR 15,000 in cash and a number of luxury vehicles during raids on various addresses.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news