In a joint operation with the Tax Agency, the Guardia Civil seized a total of 46 bundles containing 1,640 kg of hashish off the coast of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
The officers received information from members of the public, alerting them to a suspicious boat that was very close to the coast of the island of Tenerife. The Guardia Civil activated various units of the Corps: Helicopter Unit of the Canary Islands (UHEL), Provincial Maritime Service, Groups of Specialists in Underwater Activities (GEAS), which with the support of a vessel from the Deputy Directorate of the Customs Surveillance Service (DAVA), managed to intercept a Zodiac-type vessel at some 15 miles from the island.
In order to locate the suspicious vessel, the Guardia Civil helicopter immediately flew over the entire area and once it was able to spot it from the air, it coordinated with the vessels to direct them from the air of its trajectory, thus allowing them to intercept it.
After several attempts to escape by the occupants of the boat, and once they were surrounded, they began to throw several of the bundles they were carrying into the sea.
Finally, the agents of the Guardia Civil Maritime Service and GEAS managed to intercept them and proceed to arrest the three occupants, two men aged 32 and 36 and a minor under 16, all three of Moroccan nationality, as alleged perpetrators of a drug trafficking offence. Once taken into custody, the bales that had been thrown into the sea by the defendants were located and retrieved from the sea.
The arrest ended with 46 bundles containing a total of 1,640.26 kg of “hashish” being seized.
The detainees were placed at the disposal of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Investigative Court, along with the proceedings conducted by the Organised Crime and Anti-Drug Team (EDOA) of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Guardia Civil.