Spain joins internationalanti-drugs trafficking team
31 August 2004, MADRID – Spain and France have reached an agreement on the fight against drug trafficking which will see three new bases opened this autumn to stop the flow of narcotics into Europe, it emerged Tuesday.
31 August 2004
MADRID – Spain and France have reached an agreement on the fight against drug trafficking which will see three new bases opened this autumn to stop the flow of narcotics into Europe, it emerged Tuesday.
These specialised anti-drug police stations will be opened in Madrid, Andalusia and Galicia.
Spanish and French police will work from these stations, though it is probable that British police and officers from Belgium and Holland will also be involved.
The project was announced as Spanish police said Tuesday they had arrested seven people, including one Briton, in a drugs bust off the Canary Islands after intercepting a vessel transporting 500 kilos (1,100 pounds) of cocaine.
Aside from the unnamed Briton, the others arrested were three Spaniards and three Venezuelans, police said after raiding the "Rosamunda V" in the port of Pasito Blanco on Gran Canaria at the weekend.
This is just the kind of drug-trafficking operation which the new international police operation will be designed to stop.
They want to stop the large-scale introduction of drugs into Europe through Spain.
Another objective is to stop the flow of drugs from the south Atlantic to northern Europe, principally to Portugal, Ireland and Britain.
The plan will be financed with EUR 310,000 from the French government and facilities provided by the Spaniards.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news