Spanish police seize homemade submarine made to transport drugs
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.
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.
Presentamos la primera embarcación semisumergible localizada en España preparada para el tráfico de drogas. Intervenida en una macrooperación que ha permitido detener a los 52 integrantes de una red dedicada a producir y distribuir estupefacientes https://t.co/mF2GkjmROg— Policía Nacional (@policia) March 12, 2021
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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