Madrid. — Spanish police said yesterday they had seized three tonnes of cocaine and arrested 12 suspected drug smugglers from Spain, Britain and the Netherlands in a major drugs bust in the north of the country. The seizure in the north-western Galicia region was “the biggest for this type of drug on Galician soil since 1999”, the police said in a statement, without revealing when the operation took place. The cocaine was bound for an important smuggling ring based on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, the statement added.
“Twelve people were detained including those transporting the merchandise, who were Spanish and the sellers and buyers of the drugs, who were Dutch and British.”
Spain’s proximity to North Africa, a key source of hashish and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, the world’s main cocaine-producing region, have made it a major gateway into Europe for drug consignments.
Police said last month they had seized 40 pallets made out of 1,4 tonnes of compressed cocaine made to look like wood that arrived on a shipping container from Colombia. And in November, police announced they had arrested Michael Roden, a suspected drug trafficking boss who is listed among Britain’s 10 most wanted fugitives. — AFP.