Spanish police seize 11 tons of hashish in sardine shipments

13th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police and customs agents have dismantled a drug smuggling operation in southern Spain and seized 11 tons of hashish hidden in a shipment of frozen sardines, the interior ministry said Tuesday.

The investigators found the 11,100 kilos (24,420 pounds) of the drug shortly after the shipment of sardines arrived in the port of Algeciras, one of Spain's busiest, it said in a statement.

Police detained five Spanish nationals as part of the operation, blocked 38 bank accounts and seized 240,000 euros (300,000 dollars) in cash as well as several vehicles and seven flats.

The port of Algeciras is the main embarkation point between Spain and Tangier and other ports in Morocco, a major producer of hashish.

Spain is the main gateway to Europe hashish from neighbouring Morocco, and the police regularly carry out large seizures.

© 2010 AFP

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