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All at sea Spanish police arrest two after seizing 1,000 kilos of hashish on board 'narcolancha'

'They transported the narcotic from Morocco to Europe using the Cadiz coasts as a way of entry'

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Police with bails of hashish seized on the 'narcolancha'

Police with bails of hashish seized on the 'narcolancha'

Police with bails of hashish seized on the 'narcolancha'

Spanish police have posted images of a major seizure of hashish at sea on social media. 

In the tweet the Policía Nacional said 1,000 kilos of the drug were discovered in a “narcolancha” manned by two Spaniards who were arrested.

“They transported the narcotic from #Marruecos (Morocco) to #Europa (Europe) using the Cadiz coasts as a way of entry,” the police tweeted attaching images of the boat that was intercepted that showed bails of the drug on board.

Separately, in an unrelated operation, Spanish police said they had broken up one of the most active drugs networks operating on the Guadalquivir river.

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Some of the 1,000 kilos of hashish

Some of the 1,000 kilos of hashish

Some of the 1,000 kilos of hashish

The river, which runs into the North Atlantic Ocean just north of Cadiz and not far from north Africa, is considered the main route for gangs smuggling Moroccan hashish into Spain.

Police launched a major operation in February, when their counterparts on the British territory of Gibraltar found a boat that was about to sink with its three crew on board as well as 84 bales of hashish.

Since then, Spanish police have arrested 45 people and issued warrants against another 16, including the leader, Abdellah El Haj, who is known as the “Messi of hashish”.

Police had arrested Abdellah El Haj in November 2017 before releasing him on bail last March, when he disappeared, a spokesman for Spain´s Guardia Civil force said.

“Messi has been on the run for a long time and runs the network from the outside, but several of his lieutenants have fallen," the spokesperson added.

Since the police operation was launched, they have seized five boats, 17 vehicles, more than half a million euros and several weapons. They also dismantled a shipyard that was building the go-fast boats used to smuggle the drugs across from Morocco.

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Spain has over the last year stepped up its campaign against drug trafficking in southern Spain, having boosted police numbers there last year.

Between July 2018 and July 2019 they have seized 143 tonnes of hashish and 5.4 tonnes of cocaine in and around Gibraltar, said the interior ministry.

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