Spanish police dismantle ring of hashish smugglers
Spanish police said Friday they had dismantled a network which smuggled hashish from Morocco to Spain and France, arresting 10 people and seizing 2.3 tonnes of the drug.
The hashish was transported by boat from Tangiers in northern Morocco to Andalusia in southern Spain and then overland to France from where the group financed its operations, police said in a statement.
Police followed a boat belonging to the network for several days as it made its way from Tangiers to Spain and arrested a member of the group shortly after he unloaded his drugs haul on to the banks of a river in Andalusia.
Following this arrest police simultaneously nabbed nine other suspects
in four cities in Andalusia.
Seven Colombians and three Spaniards were among those arrested.
Police also seized a stolen van, two jet skis, two shovels and 41 mobile telephones in their operation.
The purchase of the drugs and its shipment to France was organised from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the Moroccan coast.
Spain is one of the main points of entry for drugs into Europe, including hashish from northern Africa and cocaine from Latin America.
© 2010 AFP