Two sailboats intercepted west of Canary Islands with more than a thousand kilos of cocaine
The Tax Agency, as part of a joint operation with Guardia Civil and National Police, has intercepted in waters to the west of the Canary Islands two sailboats loaded with more than 1,100 kilos of cocaine.The Benemérita reported that the crew members have been arrested.
The two vessels were boarded by the Special Operations Vessel ‘Fulmar’ of the Customs Surveillance Service of the Tax Agency. One of the sailboats, named ‘My Love’.and its crew have been transferred to the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife to be taken to court. In the framework of another investigation a second sailing vessel was boarded.also carrying narcotics.
The Customs Surveillance Service patrol boat was instructed to head towards the first vessel, which was located and boarded on the afternoon of March 3, 2005. about 350 miles off Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
‘My Love’, a Belgian vessel.
On the vessel ‘My Love’, flying the flag of Belgium, could be seen with the naked eye to be carrying an undetermined quantity of bales. of the type commonly used for the transport of cocaine. With the authorization of the Belgian authorities the sailboat was boardedThe seizure of the cocaine that the vessel was carrying and the arrest of its two crew members, of Spanish nationality.
It so happens that the ship ‘Fulmar’ was involved in another operation. as a result of which a first sailboat carrying cocaine had previously been seized and was being towed to the Canary Islands as part of a joint investigation by the three police forces, an action that is still ongoing. Both the detainees, the boats, the drugs and the police proceedings will be handed over to the judicial authorities..
Very complex assaults
As reported by the Civil Guard, the conditions of both assaults have been very complicated due, in the first case, to the sea situation, and in the second, the handicap of towing the first sailboat intervened.which made the maneuvers much more difficult.
These operations are two more of the operations carried out by drug law enforcement officers against drug trafficking in the so-called ‘Atlantic Route’ of cocaineknown to be used by fishing vessels, merchant ships and, as in this case, sailing ships from South America that intend to introduce the drug to the European continent.