Spanish police seize 2.9 tons of cocaine transported by a fishing trawler off the Canary Islands [Video]
Moment Spanish police seize 2.9 tonnes of cocaine after intercepting a fishing trawler off the Canary Islands
- 65ft fishing trawler caught carrying blocks of cocaine worth £60million
- The drug trafficking vessel was returned to Gran Canaria and its crew arrested
- Four Turks and a Georgian were using the rusty AKT1, police said
- Footage shows Spanish officials unpacking and testing cocaine pads
This is when Spanish police seized 2.9 tonnes of cocaine after intercepting a fishing trawler off the Canary Islands with the substance hidden in one of its fuel tanks.
The 65ft AKT 1 was stopped on April 13 by a Spanish Coast Guard patrol about 300 nautical miles south of the Spanish Archipelago while attempting to pass itself off as another fishing vessel.
The confiscated cocaine is believed to be selling on the streets for 72m euros (£60m).
Five people were arrested when a fishing boat carrying almost three tonnes of cocaine was intercepted off the Canary Islands on April 13 by Spanish customs officers
The boat was returned to Gran Canaria on Saturday and the five detainees were escorted to the port of Las Palmas and remanded in custody.
A spokesperson for Spain’s Civil Guard said: ‘When we boarded, (officers) observed that the fishing boat was carrying a significant number of packages usually used for cocaine trafficking.
“The five crew members of the boat – four Turkish nationals and one Georgian citizen – were immediately arrested.”
Police released footage of the operation on Sunday April 17, showing customs officers speeding past the rusting fishing trawler before boarding the vessel and discovering clumps of the illicit substance hidden in fuel tanks.
The 65ft AKT 1 (pictured) was operated by four Turks and a Georgian and had 2.9 tonnes of cocaine hidden in one of its fuel tanks
Spanish authorities unpacked a block of cocaine and used a portable drug testing kit to check their suspicions
Spanish customs officers approached the ship carrying drugs from behind in a speedboat before boarding and arresting the drug traffickers
Back on dry land, three officers squat on the white pads, unwrap one, and rub a small square of paper over the contents.
A spray on the paper immediately turns it blue – a quick indication that the substance is positive for cocaine.