05.12.2017 - 13:31

The second largest cargo intercepted

Seized 5.8 tons of cocaine

Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido announced today the seizure of almost 6 tons of cocaine in the so-called NATIVITY operation, the largest cache of this type of drug that has been seized in Spain so far this century and one of the largest of Europe in which three people have been arrested: the leader, of Spanish nationality, and his two collaborators, with Honduran and Portuguese nationality.

The minister explained that the Risk Analysis Unit (UAR) of the port of Algeciras, composed of members of the Civil Guard and officials of the Tax Agency, had seized 5,883 kilograms of cocaine, distributed in 5,299 pills, thanks to the meticulous research carried out by the specialists of the said Unit. The value of this quantity apprehended in the market would have had a value of 210 million euros.

The seizure carried out in Algeciras is the largest of cocaine made by Spanish police forces in the last 18 years, it is the largest amount intervened in a container in Spain and the second largest in the history of drug trafficking in our country in all means of transport, after boarding in the high seas in 1999 (7.6 tons) by the National Police and Customs Surveillance.

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