In the framework 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 National Police intercepts a fishing boat loaded with 1,500 kilos of cocaine in international waters near the Canary Islands
The boat, a fishing boat without a flag, left Brazil for Spain and was destined for the national and European market
The fishing boat was assaulted by the GEO in an intervention that had the collaboration of the Spanish Navy and the Air Force, achieving the arrest of the seven sailors who were on board
21-May-2019.- 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 markets. The fishing vessel was assaulted on the high seas by GEO agents, with the collaboration of the Spanish Navy and the Air Force.
The investigation began last January. The agents were aware of the existence of a South American drug trafficking organization 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, coincidences 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, embarking on it, in addition to its crew, a crew of GEO and research agents.
A few days ago, the fishing vessel was located 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 has been towed to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where a more detailed record will be carried out.