Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Drug smugglers disappear on Gibraltar beach

Officers from the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP) impounded a rigid-hull inflatable launch that was abandoned by drug smugglers on Western Beach last Saturday following a Guardia Civil operation in La Linea.

The Spanish officers tried to arrest the smugglers as they unloaded nine bales of cannabis resin from the boat to a waiting vehicle in the area known as Boquete de Poniente.

Although the car and the drugs were seized, the men managed to get away in the launch and sped towards Gibraltar waters.

The Guardia Civil contacted the RGP, which then despatched officers to the area. But the information from Spain came too late.

“The vessel was seized but the persons had already fled,” a police spokesman said.

According to Spanish authorities, the car used in the drug smuggling operation was an Audi that had been stolen in Estepona last April and was fitted with false number
plates.

Guardia Civil officers seized a total of nine bales of hashish weighing a total of 270 kilos.

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