More than two tonnes of hashish seized from a group of drug traffickers off the coast of Huelva

Joint operation with the Tax Agency, National Police and the Guardia Civil

  • The drugs, stored in 73 bales, were unloaded by a semi-rigid boat in the Piedras river and then transported by car to a property, where two people were arrested
  • When officials entered the premises where the vehicles carrying the hashish had driven to, a vehicle emerged and rammed the police cars
  • Besides narcotics, officials also seized an assault rifle, clips, cartridges and a semi-automatic pistol with a silencer

15 September 2017.- Tax Agency officials and National Police and Guardia Civil officers have seized 2,300 kilograms of hashish in an operation against drug trafficking carried out in Huelva. A pistol with a silencer and an assault rifle have also been seized during the operation. Two people were arrested when officials entered the premises where the vehicles carrying the hashish had driven to and one of them emerged and rammed the police cars.

The operation started early in the morning on 24 August, when air and sea assets from the Customs Department of the Tax Agency spotted a semi-rigid boat, filled with packages that are usually used for transporting hashish, travelling towards the Piedras river (Huelva). The monitoring unit for this area mobilised immediately, with units from Tax Agency's Customs Surveillance, National Police and Guardia Civil all participating.

The boat approached one of the river banks early in the morning, and unloaded the drugs into two off-road vehicles that drove towards a nearby property, which is where the monitoring unit moved to.

The one that emerged and rammed the police cars was intercepted on the premises. Three people escaped while the driver was arrested, as well as another individual that was found inside the property. They set fire to the boat while attempting to avoid the police check.

They used weapons to protect the drugs

Two vehicles were found once the inspection was finished. 73 bales of hashish were found inside them, amounting to approximately 2,300 kilograms. Besides the seized drugs, the following items were taken during the inspection of the property: an ‘AO 17’ assault rifle with several clips and more than 150 cartridges, and a semi-automatic pistol with a silencer and ammunition; weapons that they used to protect the drugs.

This operation, carried out in coordination with three agencies, is part of a special surveillance system that is used on the coasts of Andalusia on boats that may be used for criminal activities. New arrests may still be made.