The Guardia Civil, as part of ongoing special operations pursuing smugglers of drugs coming from North Africa, has seen its officers wounded in the line of duty twice in Estepona in the space of just four days.
In the first incident, early on Thursday last week, a chase on a beach in the resort saw six presumed drug traffickers held, over 600 kilos of hashish seized and two Guardia Civil officers wounded.
Officers had been in pursuit of one of the banned semi-rigid speed boats used in smuggling but when the occupants and a land party were in the process of unloading on the sand, they were surprised in the act, sources said. A high-performance car tried to drive off, ramming two Guardia Civil vehicles.
In a separate but similar incident last weekend, four people were held after a vehicle was rammed after trying to stop hashish being offloaded on Playa de Guadalbón, wounding two Guardia Civil officers. Weapons, 500 kilos of hashish and a high-performance off-road vehicle that had been reported stolen were seized.
Elsewhere on the western Costa, over two tonnes of damp packets of hashish were seized from a van in a garage of some Marbella apartments after Local Police were called out following reports of a car being driven suspiciously.
In Mijas, a 68-year-old Dutch man, wanted internationally, was surprised transporting off-board motors typically used in smuggling.