Spanish authorities who arrested a boat suspected of drug trafficking found 1.6 tonnes of marijuana, arrested a teenager and two men believed to be Moroccans. The three suspects were placed under arrest by Spanish police off the coast of Tenerife.
The teenager, believed to be under 16, was detained alongside two other Moroccan men, aged 32 and 36, on suspicion of drug trafficking and smuggling.
The joint operation of the tax and customs authorities allowed the Spanish Guardia Civil to seize 1,640 kilograms of hashish from the boat on New Year’s Eve.
The Guardia Civil said it was monitoring the movements of the suspect boat after anonymous intelligence. Once the boat approached the coast of the Spanish island of Tenerife, police, with support from the Navy, stepped in to make the arrest.
The occupiers reportedly attempted to escape on several occasions but found themselves surrounded by a navy boat, a drug boat and a police helicopter. When they realized they couldn’t escape, they started throwing the marijuana into the sea only to be picked up by police divers.
The occupants made several attempts to escape and these failed and found themselves surrounded, they began to throw several hash balls into the sea.
The teenager and the two men were arrested in possession of 1640 kilograms of marijuana in 46 packets.
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