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Illegal immigrants found hiding drugs in sand 

Police called to a Lanzarote beach following reports of the arrival of illegal immigrants on a small boat found them digging the sand with their hands.

Officers from Teguise were called out at around 8pm and went to the beach of the village of Caleta de Famara.

They were told a patera had been spotted with around ten illegal immigrants on board and found the boat stuck on the shore.

Police then ran after them on foot across the dunes and saw four of them digging the sand. When they spotted the officers, they also ran away but were caught, together with a young woman who was trying to get clothes out of a back-pack.

Five plastic drums sealed with duct tape were discovered and when opened, were found to contain 75 kilograms of hashish. There was also a plastic box containing a GPS device, a compass, three mobile phones, a phone book and a passport issued by the Kingdom of Morocco.

Four individuals were arrested for an alleged drug trafficking offence and 13 in total for being illegal aliens.

The Mayor of Teguise, Oswaldo Betancort, congratulated the police “for the work they carry out continuously for the benefit of citizens.”

He also stressed the huge importance of citizen collaboration.