Select Page

1,850 kilos of cocaine intercepted near the Canary Islands

1,850 kilos of cocaine intercepted near the Canary Islands

Policia Nacional intercepted a sailboat in waters near the Canary Islands transporting approximately 1,850 kilos of cocaine, in a joint operation with customs officials. Three crew members were arrested, an English national and two French.

The operation, called ‘GRU’, began in 2015 when Customs Surveillance by the Spanish Tax Agency and National Police initiated investigations into a criminal organisation dedicated to the trafficking of narcotics by sea using sailboats.

Their modus operandi was to charter a recreational craft that either moved the drug directly to Spanish ports hidden in compartments, or made the transshipment on the high seas to other vessels that were responsible for introducing the drug into the country. Later the drugs were stored in “care centres” until eventual distribution on the black market.

As a result of the international collaboration with the British authorities (NCA) and the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre on Drug Trafficking (MAOC-N), and with the support of the Centre for Intelligence Against Terrorism and the Organized Crime Division (CITCO) along with the Ministry of Defense, a possible transportation of drugs was detected aboard a sailing-type vessel, of unknown name, heading towards the Spanish coasts where the merchandise would be transferred to another vessel.

At first it was suspected that the drug was being transported by a vessel that would have received the drug off the coast of Surinam. However, the investigation later determined that it could have transferred the drug to another vessel, similarly a sailboat whose name was unknown, but which was about 300 miles from the Canary Islands and bound for the archipelago.

A naval air operation was deployed and, the Tax Agency patrol boat ‘Petrel I’ confirmed the location of a sailboat of about 12 meters in length, with the same white hull that had been indicated, with the support of the Spanish air force.

Finally, in the early hours of June 20 and 240 nautical miles ( 444.48 km ) west of the Canary Islands, the ‘Petrel’ proceeded to board the ‘Pepper Sauce’ sailboat, flying the English flag, with all three of its crew members being arrested. Inside the boat, a total of 61 bales of cocaine with an approximate weight of 1,850 kilos were located.

After obtaining the mandatory judicial authorisations, the sailboat, was towed by the ‘Petrel’, to arrive in the port of Las Palmas where the detainees, the drugs and the boat were made available to the relevant judicial authorities.

Gran Canaria hotel cleaner arrested for stealing watches, jewelry and money from at least two rooms

The Civil Guard at the Main Post of Puerto Rico -Mogán (Gran Canaria) detained a hotel maid on the south of the island last July 5 accused of two crimes of robbery with force, having used a false key to enter two rooms and steal €300, watches and jewelry worth 2,400...

Gran Canaria Cabildo trains police and environmental agents in the fight against animal abuse

The Cabildo de Gran Canaria have this month gathered various bodies and security forces involved in the fight against animal abuse in the first Technical Conference on Animal Abuse. The gathering aimed to improve the training of agents in the face of an increase in...

Six men detained for selling fashion counterfeits in Playa del Inglés

Policia Nacional have detained six men in the touristed southern municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana between the ages of 20 and 68, three Spanish and another three Moroccan, several of them with previous police records, for alleged crimes...

1,850 kilos of cocaine intercepted near the Canary Islands

Policia Nacional intercepted a sailboat in waters near the Canary Islands transporting approximately 1,850 kilos of cocaine, in a joint operation with customs officials. Three crew members were arrested, an English national and two French. The...

Guardia Civil investigate alleged burglary at the Ayuntamiento de Mogán Town Hall

During the early hours of Wednesday morning the Civil Guard of Puerto Rico received a report of a supposed robbery from the offices of the Municipality of Mogán Town Hall, on the south west of Gran Canaria. Apparently, officials arrived within an hour to find a scene...

Newsbrief: Maspalomas rental bicycle thief caught after selling bike in Vecindario.

Agents of the Policia Nacional last week detained a 31-year-old man, with numerous previous police records, as the alleged perpetrator of a theft in Maspalomas, after he apparently sold a stolen bicycle, owned by a rental company and valued at 700 euros, to a...

Two more electronics store employees in Puerto Rico detained for fraud

The Civil Guard have detained two electronics store emlpoyess in the southern tourist town of Puerto Rico (Mogán, a 27 year old with the initials TS and a 29 year old with the initials GA, both of foreign nationality and with prior police records for similar crimes,...

Man arrested in Maspalomas for posting a sex video of his ex-girlfriend on the internet 

Policia Nacional in Maspalomas have arrested a man alleged to have broken privacy laws by publishing a sex tape on the Internet, of his ex-girlfriend from six years ago. The investigation began when agents received information, through Interpol, in which Humberside...

Two British holiday makers arrested at Gran Canaria airport, suspected of scam

Policia Nacional have arrested a British man of 28 years of age and a British woman of 32,  after they allegedly scammed a hotel complex on the south of Gran Canaria. The detainees apparently left their hotel without paying the bill after spending their holidays on...

3 tourists from UK arrested for verbal aggression and abuse aimed at 2 other travelers

It has emerged today that Guardia Civil officers from the Security Detachment at Gran Canaria Airport arrested three foreign tourists, with the initials RDJ, LW and KT, aged between 25 and 28 years old, on February 9, all suspected of a crime against fundamental...

About The Author

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.