Spanish police seize homemade submarine made to transport drugs

Web Report/Malaga
Filed on March 13, 2021
Photo: AP

Authorities say the submarine could have been used to transport up to two tonnes of drugs.

Police in Spain seized a homemade submarine that was built to transport up to two tonnes of drugs.

According to the BBC, the nine-metre-long vessel was seized during a narcotics raid on an industrial warehouse in the southern city of Malaga.

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Police claim that the submarine- made from scratch out of plywood and fibreglass- was being prepared to smuggle drugs, but had not been used yet.

The seizure was part of a wider operation involving five other nations and the EU's crime agency, Europol. Authorities say that they have detained 52 people, dismantled a drug lab and confiscated large caches of cocaine and hashish during raids all across Spain.

A similar narco-submarine was seized in 2019 after it ran aground in north-western Spain and was found to be carrying 2,000 kilograms of cocaine.

Narco-subs have been used to smuggle drugs from Latin America into the US.

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