Police dismantle major drug trafficking operation with the arrest of 12 people and the seizure of over three tonnes of hashish.
Under the title of operation “Foreña” agents of the Spanish Guardia Civil, National Police, and Tax Office, in collaboration with French police shut down this major operation involved in the import of hashish from Morocco through the Costa del Sol and distributing throughout Europe. Ten men, both Moroccan and Spanish, were arrested during raids on homes in Estepona and Marbella, whilst a further two were arrested in France.
In the course of the investigation police also seized three tonnes of hashish, three vehicles, two boats, along with other items.
The operation began las November after French police in the French town of Meux became aware of plans to import a large consignment of the drug into France via southern Spain. This attempt was foiled after the vessel was seized by Guardia Civil after it broke down. Following this seizure police learned of another shipment due a few days later which was discovered in Cabopino. This resulted in 60 bales, some 1,900 kg, af hashish being recovered.
French authorities then arrested the two men at the French end of the chain, which revealed a further shipment due the following month, which was also intercepted some 25 miles off the Spanish coast with a further 1,380 kilos of hashish being seized.
Police then raided a number of addresses in Estepona and Marbella netting ten members of this major criminal organisation and seizing further drugs.