Newsbrief: 11 arrested, 49 kg of cocaine and 20 kg of hashish seized, in the Canary Islands.

Eleven people have been arrested as part of ‘Operation Scipio’, report Policia Nacional, who say they have dismantled an organization dedicated to drug trafficking in the Canary Islands.  Those arrested had managed to establish a steady and regular flow of cocaine imports from South America to the islands, where part of the narcotic shipments were being distributed while the rest was sent to various European countries.

Agents seized 49 kilograms of cocaine, 20 kilograms of hashish, a modified pistol and ammunition, substances for drug adulteration and manufacture and €39,460 in cash.

To avoid being detected by the police, the members of the network had been using a telecommunications company network for their own encrypted communications.