Storm-battered sailors arrested in Spain after cops find four tonnes of cannabis on boat
“We suspected the vessel was being used to ship drugs across the Atlantic”
Neil FetherstonhaughSunday World
A pair of sailors whose boat got into trouble during a storm in the Strait of Gibraltar have been arrested in Spain after cops found four tonnes of cannabis on board.
The two British nationals, a man aged 49, and a 53-year-old woman, were detained on December 10 after an international operation involving the National Crime Agency (NCA).
The NCA, working with the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre for Narcotics (MAOC-N) in Lisbon, alerted the Spanish authorities to the vessel, which was suspected of being used to smuggle drugs from Morocco.
A Spanish customs patrol boat intercepted the boat and escorted it into the port of Cadiz where Customs and Spanish National Police officers conducted a search which revealed 30 bales of cannabis resin.