Posted on June 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Spanish fishing vessel, Gure Leire, was seized by Spanish authorities on the 27th of May after they discovered over two and a half tonnes of cocaine onboard.
The fishing vessel was located near the Azores, as it was attempting to approach the Galician coast. The Customs patrol boat, Fulmar intercepted the ship, some thousand miles west of Vigo, Spain.
Agents of the Office of Maritime Intelligence and Customs Surveillance had been monitoring the vessel for over a year, having suspected the ship’s use in drug smuggling and its possible links to known drug trafficking organizations.
In a statement to the press, the Spanish authorities revealed that the Gure Leire had picked up the cocaine from somewhere in the North Atlantic, most probably from a mother ship that had been originally carrying the cargo from Suriname.
All seven crewmembers of the Gure Leire, including the Captain of the vessel, have been arrested and charged with drug smuggling.
Spanish authorities explained in a statement that the operation, nicknamed ‘Tiburon’, was part of the larger ‘Atlantic Pascal’ operation, which is the result of an international collaboration between French and British agencies.
According to an initial assessment, the street-value of the seized drugs is approximately around €80 million.