GEO Special Operations Unit of the Spanish National Police have intercepted a British registered yacht on the high seas off the Portuguese coast, 200kms from Cádiz, and found to be carrying 1.515 tons of cocaine.
The drug was found in a false ceiling in the front two cabins, but only on a second search after the vessel had reached Cádiz. A first search on the high seas was not successful, leading the police to consider it had been a false alarm.
The operation was carried out in collaboration with the British SOCA, Serious Crime Agency, as well as the UDYCO Drug trafficking brigade of the Spanish Judicial Police with support from the GOIT Technical operations group, and investigations started at the start of the month when the police were informed that the yacht had cruised off the Caribbean Islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and was heading for a Spanish marina.
The 30 metre yacht, ‘La Flibuste’ was escorted into Cádiz, and the three crew, one Spaniard and two Frenchmen, were arrested and have already been transferred to the courts in Madrid.
Spain continues to be an entry point for cocaine to Europe. Last year nearly 26.5 tons of the drug was intercepted, an amount 9.5% down on 2008.
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