Guardia Civil and National Police officers in Spain have jointly dismantled an alleged criminal organisation dedicated to drug trafficking, which operated by sea from the coasts of Ceuta and Morocco to the Costa del Sol.
As a result of the joint investigations, a boat was intercepted on Guadalmina beach, in Marbella, and it was found to be transporting 510 kilogrammes of hashish hidden inside fuel cans, a ‘novel’ way of hiding the drugs, according to the Guardia Civil.
The boat was initially spotted by Guardia Civil officers as it left the port of Ceuta and later it was sighted again off the coast of Marbella, by National Police officers.
As police approached the craft on the Guadalmina beach the crew of the boat fled in a vehicle along with other members of the organisation who were waiting for them.
On the abandoned boat officers discovered fuel containers that weighed more than normal and, after a closer inspection, found they contained packages of hashish – a total of 510 kilogrammes distributed in 17 cans.
After further investigations police arrested three Spanish men - aged 32, 38 and 42 - in San Pedro de Alcántara on 10 March for their alleged involvement in drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal organisation.