Spanish police seizes 250 kg cocaine on boat

12th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spanish police intercepted a sailboat that was bound for Britain.

Madrid – Spanish police said Monday they had intercepted a sailboat carrying 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of cocaine that was bound for Britain and detained eight people as part of an operation that smuggled drugs to Britain and Spain.

The sailboat was intercepted last week once it passed Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores Islands. Those arrested included British, Colombian, Italian and Spanish nationals, the police said in a statement.

It had departed the Netherlands Antilles for Antioquia in Colombia, where the cocaine was loaded on the vessel, in June before making a stop in Antigua while on its way to Europe with its load.

Spanish police and Britain's Serious Organised Crime Agency also seized 18 high-end vehicles, a jet ski, two guns, 60 mobile telephones and EUR 300,000.

"The investigation began after police detected an organisation dedicated to introducing drugs from South America, namely cocaine, heroin and hashish, using sailboats, to Spain and Britain," the statement said.

Spain's proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it an important gateway into Europe for drug traffickers.

AFP / Expatica

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