The Guardia Civil has seized almost five tonnes of hashish as it was being smuggled into a cove in Lorca (Murcia) and has arrested four people, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.
In the early hours of last Sunday, agents of the Armed Institute detected a suspicious boat with powerful engines a few metres from the cove Puntas de Calnegre. The crew was unloading a large number of packages while a group of people picked them up on the beach and moved them quickly to a lorry parked nearby.
Upon detecting the presence of the Guardia Civil, the crew got rid of the drugs and fled out to sea. The rest of the members of the criminal organisation, who were carrying the bales, fled on foot by climbing the cliffs. The agents secured the area and arrested two people.
The encirclement and search operation set up by different patrols resulted in the location and arrest of two other members of the criminal organisation who had participated in transporting the drugs.
In addition to the Citizen Security prevention patrols, the Guardia Civil activated its maritime service patrol boat to carry out the inspection and recovery of the bales thrown into the sea by the escaped vessel.
In total, 135 bales of hashish were seized, with a total weight of 4,819 kilograms, 140 canisters containing petrol for the escaped boat and three cargo vehicles, specifically two lorries and a van.
The Lorca Magistrate’s Court has ordered the four detainees to be sent to prison for the offences of smuggling, public health offences for drug trafficking and membership of a criminal organisation.