Cocaine smugglers intercepted in Canary waters
National Police agents have intercepted a vessel loaded with 1,500 kilos of cocaine as part of a joint operation with the British N.C.A, the French Customs, the Judicial Police of Portugal and the Federal Police of Brazil.
The vessel, a fishing boat without a flag, left Brazil for Spain and was destined for the national and European mar-kets. The fishing vessel was boarded on the high seas in the Canaries by GEO agents, with the collaboration of the Spanish Navy and the Air Force.
The investigation began last January when police became aware of the existence of a South American drug traffick-ing organisation based in Spain, which was preparing to send and receive a large consignment of cocaine.
In the course of this investigation and as a result of the daily collaboration maintained with the main Anti-Drug Agencies, links were detected between operational information from several countries. Since then, the National Police has led the coordination of international research.
At the beginning of April, the mother ship that transported the drug from South America to Spain was detected, so the collaboration of the Spanish Navy and its METEORO Maritime Action Ship was requested.
The fishing vessel was located last week and approached by the agents. It was a fishing boat without a flag with seven people on board who were arrested. In a first safety inspection 50 bags of 30 kilograms each were intervened, distributed in five pallets, with an approximate weight of 1,500 kilograms.
The ship was towed to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria for a more detailed inspection.