Spain intercepts fishing boat with 3 tons of cocaine

Spanish police say they stopped a fishing boat loaded with nearly three metric tonnes (3.3 short tons) of cocaine south of the Canary Islands

MADRID — Spanish police detained a fishing boat loaded with nearly three metric tons (3.3 short tons) of cocaine in the southern Canary Islands, authorities said on Sunday.

Police on Wednesday intercepted the 20-meter-long (65-foot-long) ship called AKT 1 about 300 nautical miles (555 kilometers) south of the Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean off South Africa. the West.

Police arrested the five crew members – four Turkish citizens and one person from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia – on the vessel which smuggled the drugs into a fuel tank. The drugs are believed to have come from an unspecified location in South America, police said.

A Spanish air patrol spotted the suspicious vessel as it attempted to hide among a fleet of fishing vessels. He was then boarded by a customs patrolman.

Police said they are focusing on cracking down on what they call the ‘African route’ for South American traffickers who transfer drug shipments to fishing vessels in the mid-Atlantic before taking them smuggled into Europe.

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