Discovery of bales of marijuana on beach had Canary link
Agents of the Air Service of the National Police have located more than 20 bales of marijuana on a beach in the southeast of Senegal.
On March 18th, the crew, stationed in Senegal, or-ganised a patrol flight through the southern area of Dakar to the mouth of the Saloum River in search of a boat reported to be ready to leave for the Canary Islands with migrants on board.
During the patrol, several bales were found abandoned on the beach located southeast of the town of Joal-Fadiouth but no people were detected.
The agents landed in the vicinity to check the contents of the bales, which were wrapped in several layers of plastic similar to those used in packing suitcases. Inside was a species of dry grass that turned out to be marijuana.
On August 24th, 2006, a memorandum of collaboration was signed between the governments of Spain and Senegal for the implemen-tation of joint patrols within the framework of the fight against clandestine emigration by sea through the FRONTEX programme. In view of the positive results obtained and the need to continue to maintain the achievements, this collaboration has been extended annually and thanks to this has contributed sig-nificantly to reduce irregular migration flows between the coasts of West Africa and the countries of the European Union.
The close collaboration between the two countries has expanded to include not only the area of irregular migration, but also humanitarian assis-tance, the fight against trafficking in narcotic drugs, smuggling, tax crimes, en-vironmental pollution, illegal fishing, among others. .