A government news release from Gibraltar on 21 August announced that HM Customs in Gibraltar had provided assistance in an international anti-drugs operation that has resulted in the arrest of 5 individuals and the seizure of several bales of cocaine, weighing in excess of 300 kg.  The drugs were detected by the Spanish Authorities ion 19 August on board the HCH-X, a Gibraltar-registered vessel, whilst it sailed through international waters.



Prensa Latina says the yacht was seized off Ibiza, the men detained were 4 Dutch and 1 German, and that the investigation began in mid 2016, when a ship was detected in Palma de Mallorca, linked to a criminal organisation dedicated to the introduction of narcotics into Europe.  It says that the method used was to transport illicit cargo is known as “drop-off” [or “coopering”], which consists of using a larger ship to transport the narcotic substance to Europe, with the drugs thrown into the sea and is later collected by a smaller vessel.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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