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all at sea Teenage boy arrested after boat with 1.6 tons of hash on board is stopped off Tenerife

The minor, who is believed to be under 16, was arrested with two Moroccan men

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Spanish authorities surround the hash boat

Spanish authorities surround the hash boat

Spanish authorities surround the hash boat

A teenage Moroccan boy was one of three people who were arrested when a boat with 1.6 tons of hashish on board was intercepted by Spanish police off the Tenerife coast. 

The minor, who is believed to be under 16-years-of-age was detained alongside two other Moroccan men, aged 32 and 36, for suspicion of drug trafficking and smuggling.

They were stopped by the Spanish Civil Guard who seized 1,640 kilograms of hashish from a boat in a joint operation with customs and the tax authorities on New Year's Eve.

The Guardia Civil announced the details of the bust which involved “investigative services” who were monitoring the movements of the suspicious boat after an anonymous tip.

The boat had sailed close to the coast of the Spanish island of Tenerife when several units of the Guardia Civil and the Navy made their move.

A naval boat, an anti-drug boat, a police helicopter and divers intercepted the vessel about 40 kilometres from the island.

The occupants made several attempts to escape and these failed and found themselves surrounded, they began tossing several bales of hash into the sea.

However, these were later retrieved by agents of the Guardia Civil and the divers.

The three people on board were arrested, while in total, 1,640 kilograms of hashish in 46 bundles were seized from the boat.

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