Friday 12/3/21
DRUG TRAFFICKING

Spanish customs intercept yacht with 2 tons of cocaine off Azores

All the detainees on board the ship are foreigners of different nationalities
Part of the drug seized during the operation. Photo: Ministry of the Interior.
Cocaine seized by Spanish Customs in another operation in September. Photo: Ministry of the Interior.

Spanish customs, in cooperation with the police, have found 2 tons of cocaine on a yacht, customs announced on Twitter on Friday.

The sailing boat with the cargo, which has a street value of about 200 million euros (232 million dollars), had already been stopped a week ago near the Azores and was towed on Friday to the port of the city of Vigo, 1,500 kilometres away in north-western Spain, the newspaper La Voz de Galicia reported.

It was one of the largest finds of cocaine on a sailing boat, which normally carry no more than 700 to 1,000 kilograms, wrote the newspaper Diario de Pontevedra.

According to the authorities, two people were arrested on board the ship, and three more suspects in the Malaga region in southern Spain, where the yacht's destination had been.

All of them are foreigners of different nationalities.

From South America

The use of ocean-going yachts to smuggle cocaine from South America across the Atlantic to Spain has increased dramatically in recent years.

From Spain, the gangs then transport the drugs to other European countries.

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