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Police intercept million-pound cocaine shipment in Gibraltar

The cocaine was in several packages.
The cocaine was in several packages. / Royal Gibraltar Police
  • The 25 kilos of drugs were wrapped in packages which divers found in a 'parasite device' attached to the hull of the ship

Detectives from the Gibraltar Police Crime and Protective Services Division, led by the RGP Drug Squad and supported by the RGP and Customs Marine Units, boarded a bulk carrier in the Western Anchorage this week as part of an operation that saw a team of divers retrieving a 'parasite device' attached to the ship's hull. The device was found to contain individually wrapped packages of cocaine weighing a total of 25 kilos, with an approximate street value of between £1.5-2 million.

Once the police interviews were completed and searches conducted with sniffer dogs, the ship was allowed to proceed on its way that evening.

Police Commissioner Richard Ullger said this would dent the efforts of organised crime groups to profit from the misery of others, and the operation had been an excellent collaboration with external partners.