Spanish police have seized semi-submersible drones used by drug traffickers to ship narcotics across the Strait of Gibraltar to Spain, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday, the first time such purpose-built devices were discovered in Spain.
Three drones, including one made from a surfboard, were found along with six large flying drones in several warehouses near the port city of Cadiz, said Juan Antonio Siloleo, head of the Central Narcotics Squad.
The maritime devices were designed to travel 30 km carrying up to 200 kg of marijuana and hashish. “Navigating these devices was done remotely via GPS, so someone or someone in the organization could check the location at any time and then arrange docking from home with a tablet and the right software,” Siloleo said.
The investigation lasted 14 months and resulted in police seizing more than 150 kg of hashish and marijuana, $1,61,537 in cash and arresting eight people in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave on Morocco’s northern coast, and in the cities of southern Spain, Cadiz and Malaga. Police also found cars with hidden compartments to transport the drugs north to Denmark.
There are many drug trafficking and smuggling groups operating in the area around the Strait of Gibraltar separating Europe from Africa, which is as narrow as 12 km in some places.
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