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A "narco-boat" with 3,600 kilos of hashish seized in an anti-drug operation on the Guadalquivir river

Combined operation of the Tax Agency and the National Police

  • Three of the boat's crew arrested and a pistol and plenty of ammunition seized

November 17, 2022.- The Tax Agency and the National Police, in a joint operation, have seized 3,600 kilos of hashish that were being transported in a semi-rigid boat when it was intended to be introduced through the Guadalquivir River, near the town of Puebla del Río in Seville, and have arrested three of its crew members.

The investigation began on the basis of information received by the units involved referring to the possible transit of illegal boats along the different parts of the Guadalquivir river, which are normally used to smuggle hashish.

Both the Customs Surveillance officers of the Tax Agency and the agents of the Dos Hermanas National Police station decided to carry out the investigation jointly, with the aim of detecting and preventing this type of illegal activity in the area described.

Control device

The operation began when the Customs Surveillance aerial observation resources detected a semi-rigid vessel of about twelve metres in length and three outboard motors, which was sailing without lights on the Guadalquivir river, close to the town of Isla Mayor.At that time, it was found that a large number of bundles of the type usually used to transport hashish were being carried on board the vessel.

In these circumstances, a control device was set up on the banks of the river by means of a Customs Surveillance patrol boat to intercept the smuggler's boat.

Once the boat was intercepted on the banks of the Guadalquivir River near the town of Puebla del Río and the effects transported were checked, three of the occupants were arrested, despite their intention to flee and despite the great resistance they put up to the National Police officers.

After a thorough search, a total of 101 bundles of hashish were found, weighing approximately 3,600 kilos.A 9 millimetre pistol with the serial number erased, ready to fire, as well as 374 cartridges were also seized.

All the effects seized and the persons detained were placed at the disposal of the Juzgado de Instrucción nº 2 of Coria del Río, and the three detainees were remanded in prison by the head of the said court.

The operation was carried out by officers of the Tax Agency's Customs Surveillance Service from the Seville and Cadiz units and the Dos Hermanas National Police station.

Film of the operation (go to the following website to download the video):