Spanish cops seize 600kg of cocaine from yacht
12 November 2014, 08:05
Madrid - Spanish police on Tuesday said they had seized nearly 600kg of cocaine from a Czech-registered sailing boat sailing in the Atlantic.
The four crew members, all Czech, were arrested and remanded to custody after the raid last Thursday on their vessel about 450 nautical miles south-west of Spain's Canary Islands.
"The cocaine was in a hermetically sealed container hidden inside one of the boat's water reservoirs," a police statement said.
Spanish media said the boat was coming from South America.
The amount of cocaine seized in Spain rose 28.6% last year to 27 tons, the interior ministry said on Monday.
Spain's proximity to north Africa, a major source of hashish, and its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a key cocaine producing region, have made it a major gateway into Europe for drug traffickers.