Treasure hunters plundered sea bed for ancient jars
Dredging the ocean bed off the coast of Malaga proved a lucrative process for a gang dedicated to selling archaeological finds.
However, their activity was illegal and led to the arrest of four people by the Spanish police who started their investigation after ads were placed on the internet.
The target of the treasure hunters were ancient vessels known as amphora, some of which dated back thousands of years.
One of the relics recovered by the police dated back to Roman times. In all, five amphora were discovered.
The finds were made by the gang who used a boat to drag the seabed, targeting known archaeological sites.
Police said that the four people arrested were well aware that the activity was illegal and warned collectors who bought the jars to say they got them from a family member if approached by officers.