The Civil Guard intercepts a sailboat loaded with 600 kilos of cocaine in the sea to the south of the Peninsula

The ship bound for Illes Balears was boarded by the vessel Segura River Civil Guard while sailing

The drug was hidden in a false hole created for the purpose in the aft area of ​​the boat

The operation was developed in collaboration with the French customs services and Estonian Police through FRONTEX to successfully complete the operation

The Civil Guard, in the framework of the operation "RABBIT", has proceeded to the seizure of 600 kilos of cocaine that were hidden in a sailboat that sailed to the south of the Peninsula. The operation resulted in the arrest of his two crew members, a Lithuanian citizen and another Spaniard resident in Ibiza, as alleged perpetrators of a crime of drug trafficking.

Last Sunday off the coast of Malaga, members of the Maritime Service of the Civil Guard, on board the ocean vessel Rio Segura and with the support of aerial means, intercepted a sailboat from South America that could transport drugs. The deployment of the operation was coordinated from the Coordination Center for Maritime Surveillance (CECORVIGMAR), of the Civil Guard in Madrid.

For this reason, the agents proceeded to move it to Malaga to proceed with its registration, finding inside it, hidden in a false hollow created in the aft area of ​​the ship, several packages of cocaine with a total weight of 600 kilograms.

This operation is part of the permanent plan to combat illicit trafficking in the Mediterranean.

The operation has been developed by the Balearic Organized and Antidrug Crime Team (EDOA) in collaboration with the French customs services, members of the Maritime Service of the Civil Guard, the Comandancia de Málaga and the Maritime Coordination and Surveillance Center (CECORVIGMAR) within the framework of the INDALO operation led by the Civil Guard and coordinated by the European agency of external borders FRONTEX, context in which a plane of the Police and Border Guard of Estonia participated, which monitored the sailboat from the air before the approach.

For more information, contact the Periferic Communication Office of Illes Balears at 971 77 41 00 ext. 296


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