Once the countdown was finished during the past morning, a total of 152 bales were intervened. The submersible, from which they intended to transfer the drug to another vessel, is already in the port of Aldán, in Cangas (Pontevedra), where the drug has been extracted from inside the device.
This is the first "narcosubmarine" detected in the European continent. In the operation two people have been arrested – of Ecuadorian nationality – and there is a third flight and whose whereabouts are still unknown.
The investigations began when the Center for Maritime Analysis and Operations in the area of drug trafficking (MAOC) alerted the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO), about a suspicious vessel that would go to Spain on the Atlantic loaded with cocaine. In this first phase, collaboration with the UK police forces has been essential for the subsequent interception of the submarine. Police from Portugal, the United States and Brazil also participated in the operation.
From that moment on, a police device was deployed with aircrafts from A Coruña and Pontevedra, while the police presence was reinforced throughout the coastal area.
When the submarine finally arrived on Saturday night at the Morrazo Peninsula (Pontevedra), a patrol with night vision means could see the arrival of the device and the subsequent flight of its crew.
Given the situation of storm at sea, the semi-submersible was not able to deliver the drug to a third vessel, forcing him to move to the coast where the detainees caused their sinking and abandoned it.
At that moment a person who appeared equipped with a wetsuit was arrested. At 9 o'clock on Sunday morning, a second drug dealer is arrested. The third crew member has fled and is currently missing.
The investigation is still open to determine both the origin of the drug and the organization that would receive the drug in Spain. Although the use of submarines is very common in America, this is the first time this drug transport system has been detected in Europe. It is an artisanal artifact, made of fiber, with the capacity and autonomy to transport between three and five tons of cocaine.