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islands arrested enroute

Arrested enroute to islands

Arrested with 500 kilos of cocaine in a zodiac bound for the islands.

An inflatable boat has been seized in waters near the Canary Islands in a joint operation by the Tax Agency, the National Police and the Civil Guard

The operation took place on 5 January, when Customs Surveillance officials embarked on the Tax Agency's patrol boat 'Condor', in the exercise of their functions of prevention and repression of smuggling and drug trafficking, began patrolling navigation to the southwest of the islands at 00:30 hours. The action was carried out in collaboration with the CITCO (Intelligence Centre against Terrorism and Organised Crime) and the MAOC-N (Centre for Maritime Analysis and Operations in the field of drug trafficking).

After an intense search exercise, at 2:30 p.m. on the same day, the patrol boat located in waters near the island of El Hierro a small inflatable boat with an outboard engine heading south of the Canary Islands that raised suspicions because it was outside the maritime space of this type of boat and that, As the 'Condor' approached, it began an evasive manoeuvre.

Once the pursuit of the boat was over, it was boarded by the patrol boat officers, who found in plain sight a considerable number of bags containing cocaine. In addition, various items of equipment such as gasoline drums, food, etc., were detected.

A total of 22 packages were seized, divided between burlap sacks and waterproof bags, whose total gross weight amounted to 519 kilos. The crew of the seized vessel, made up of a citizen of Spanish nationality, one of Colombian nationality and two of Moroccan nationality, were arrested and transferred along with the cargo to the patrol boat 'Condor' for safekeeping, given the precarious state of the intercepted vessel.

The following day, once docked in the port of Las Palmas, a joint team of the National Police, Customs Surveillance and the Civil Guard proceeded to unload the seized effects and bring the narcotic substance and the four detainees to court. The case is being investigated by Central Court No. 1 of the National High Court.
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