Spanish police seize three tons of cocaine, arrest 31
By Dialogo August 16, 2012
MADRID, Spain - Police arrested 31 suspects connected to an international drug ring and seized three tons of cocaine from a merchant ship off Spain's southern coast, the Interior Ministry said on Aug. 15.
Spanish police boarded the vessel about 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the port of Cádiz, and seized more than 100 cocaine packages on Aug. 13, according to the ministry.
“At the same time, police detained those responsible for sending and collecting the drugs on land,” the ministry added. “The shipment, managed by a Colombian group from Madrid, was loaded on the ship in South America by an organization of Bulgarian nationals.”
The ministry did not say which South American country was the source of the cocaine shipment.
Police detained 21 Bulgarians on the ship, six Colombians in Madrid and four Spaniards in the northwestern region of Galicia.
The authorities suspect the drugs were to be shipped by land from Galicia to Madrid.