A stowaway was found along with four bales containing a narcotic substance in the anchor compartment of a Greek-flagged cargo ship that was making a journey from Colombia to Turkey.
He intended to carry out the “drop off” technique since each of the bundles had a geolocation device attached to it so that they could be picked up by their recipients in Spanish waters.
The Guardia Civil, in a joint operation with the Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency and the National Police, arrested the stowaway in Algeciras, who was transporting four bales with 99 packages of cocaine and weighing 109 kilos in the anchor compartment of a freighter.
The first investigations began when, through international cooperation mechanisms, the agents received information from the Greek authorities, reporting the presence of a person on board a merchant ship bound for Algeciras, specifically inside a difficult to access location, in the area of the anchor, with indications of being able to transport drugs.
The ship had scheduled a fuel stop, and so the Spanish authorities verified the veracity of the information received. Once the ship was intercepted and docked, a person was located in the anchor compartment and next to him, a total of 99 packages of cocaine divided into 4 bales, for which he was arrested as the alleged perpetrator of a crime against public health.
The investigation determined that the man had accessed the ship by climbing the mooring ropes, when he was leaving Colombia, introducing the cocaine bales helped by several people whose identity is being investigated.
The investigations by the agents made it possible to detect geolocation devices attached to the bales, with which the drug was intended to be delivered by the “drop off” method. In this way, the drug would be thrown into the sea and later collected by other members of the criminal organisation guided by geolocation devices.