The Policia Nacional and the Tax Agency captured a shipment of 2,875 kilos of cocaine in the south of Gran Canaria, in an operation in which 17 people have been arrested.
Ana Botella, Secretary of State for Security said “This shipment of cocaine brings the amount of cocaine in Spain seized so far in 2018 to 30 tons, and a year in which 100 tons of hashish have also been seized.”
Although news of this cocaine shipment seizure was released this week, the cocaine smuggling was carried out on 13 November by two inflatable boats that transported the drugs to the beach of Medio Almud in the Municipality of Mogan in the south of Gran Canaria, from a ‘mother ship’ located two miles from the coast, which reported to be a fishing boat from South America.
Policia Nacional officers had been monitoring this arrival of drugs for over a year, and police report that in July 2017 it was known that a person in Fuerteventura had acquired a large amount of items needed to apply to the drug before distribution and sale.
On 11 November, the drug smugglers carried out a mock drug landing, but did not know that they were already being monitored by the police, and then on the night of 13 November, they carried out the unloading of the cocaine on the beach.
Thirteen of the 17 detainees were arrested on the beach of Medio Almud at the time of the landing of the cocaine, which was distributed in 125 bales.
Jose Antonio Ayuso, Head of the Unit of Drugs and Organised Crime of Las Palmas said “These almost three tons of cocaine make up one of the largest seizures of the trans-shipment of drugs from the sea in recent years. These 2,875 kilos of cocaine were of the highest quality, and could have reached a value of 100 million euros on the black market.”
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