The police added: “In total, 51 people have been investigated, of whom 20 have been arrested and more than four tons of hashish, 122 grams of cocaine, five recreational boats, four jet skis and five vehicles have been seized.”
The police said that they began investigating in September 2021 after they discovered that an organization was working to smuggle hashish into Spain from North Africa.
They said: “Most of its members lived in Ceuta, had the collaboration of other residents of Algeciras and had a high standard of living that did not correspond to their income.”
The cops explained: “The criminal organization used two methods to carry out its drops: ‘anchoring’ and through recreational boats. The first method involves a boat departing from the coast of Morocco with the narcotic substances, which is dropped at previously stipulated coordinates with a person then tasked with securing the drugs.”
“At that point, the crew members throw the bundles of hashish attached to a weight, locating the place with a marine buoy and, later, a boat used by the organization sails to the agreed point and secures the drugs.
“The other method used by the organization consisted of using recreational boats, which, given their appearance of legality, sail between the marinas of Ceuta and the Campo de Gibraltar. This is how they took advantage of the volume of vessels that transit daily between these ports to hide.”
The police said that sometimes the boats would land the drugs directly on beaches, while other times they would transfer them to other vessels or to jet skis.
The police explained: “Once the shipment or transshipment was done, the boat returned to the port, taking advantage of the influx of this type of boat to mingle with each other and thus elude police control.”
The police added: “Recreational boats have powerful engines from 150 to 300 horsepower, and being short in length, they are powerful enough to transport a considerable amount of drugs. The use of jet skis makes it extremely difficult to follow as they have great maneuverability in the water.”
The cops said that they had searched 11 homes and farms in the towns of Algeciras and Los Barrios, in the province of Cadiz, and in the Autonomous City of Ceuta, in North Africa.
The police investigation is ongoing. It is currently unclear if any of the suspects have been formally charged.