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Within the framework of the MINERVA'20 operation

The National Police detain a person and intervene more than 16 kilos of hashish in the Port of Algeciras

The drug was hidden in the truck's batteries that had previously been manipulated to create a double bottom and introduce the narcotic

Operation MINERVA'20 is led by the National Police, coordinated by the European FRONTEX Agency and has the participation of police from 15 Member States of the European Union

26-August-2020.- Agents of the National Police have arrested in the port of Algeciras and within the framework of the MINERVA'20 operation a person who tried to introduce 16.2 kilos of hashish hidden inside a truck into Spain. The drug was hidden in the vehicle's batteries that had previously been manipulated to create a double bottom and introduce the narcotic

The Minerva 2020 operation is led by the National Police, coordinated by the European FRONTEX Agency and has the participation of police from 15 Member States of the European Union.

163 hash plates hidden in batteries

Agents of the National Police, in collaboration with the European FRONTEX Agency, were carrying out their own tasks of controlling entry and exit from the national territory in the Port of Algeciras when they located a refrigerated truck inside which 16'2 kilos of hashish were housed. The drug was hidden in the truck's batteries that had previously been manipulated to hide the drug in a double bottom.

The seizure was carried out on the morning of August 15 when they inspected a vehicle at the entrance filter to the port from Tangier (Morocco).

The drug was distributed in 163 plates hidden in a double bottom made in the truck's batteries.

More than 300 incidents since beginning in mid-July

The Minerva operation, which began on July 17, is part of the operational activities coordinated by the FRONTEX agency on the external maritime border of the Western Mediterranean. They aim to reinforce border inspections to combat illegal immigration and contribute to the fight against crime with cross-border dimensions in any of its manifestations.

The participating countries contribute a total of 70 experts with different profiles, specifically, experts in false documents, interviewers, canine guides, experts in the front line of the border crossing, a FRONTEX support officer and experts in detecting stolen vehicles

So far, its interventions exceed 300 incidents related to administrative sanctions, attempts to evade border control, individuals hiding in vehicles, document fraud, investigation of people related to Islamic terrorism and drug trafficking, having practiced so far a total of 30 arrests.



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