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Provisional detention for the four arrested on the sailing boat that was heading to the Canary Islands with 2,500 kilos of cocaine from the Caribbean.

Joint operation by the Tax Agency and the National Police

  • During the operation, carried out last December, the Special Operations Vessel 'Fulmar' of the Customs Surveillance had to sail through storms, high winds and high waves in search of the vessel.

  • The crew members of the sailboat, three of them Colombian and one French, are awaiting trial.

24 January 2023.- Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency, in a joint operation with the National Police, seized on 5 December a sailing boat from the Caribbean carrying nearly 2,500 kilos of cocaine bound for the Canary Islands, and arrested its four crew members, who are being held in provisional detention awaiting trial.

The boarding of the sailing vessel 'Mambo' was carried out by the Customs Surveillance Special Operations Vessel 'Fulmar', which left Cadiz on 28 November and sailed westwards amidst storms in search of the vessel, which was finally located in a low pressure area, with significant winds and waves that made the assault and boarding considerably more difficult.

The Customs Surveillance officers on the crew of the 'Fulmar' warned from the outset that the vessel was transporting narcotics, given that a large number of the bales normally used to transport cocaine were visible from the outside of the vessel.

Following the boarding, the four crew members of the vessel were arrested;three men, two of Colombian nationality and one of French nationality, and a woman, also of Colombian nationality.After securing the vessel, the towing of the sailboat began until its arrival at the port of Las Palmas.

This operation is the result of customs and police coordination, which, through the exchange and analysis of information obtained in their respective areas, in this case by the Regional Area of Customs Surveillance in the Canary Islands and Greco Galicia of the National Police, made it possible to detect the sailing boat 'Mambo' in the Canary Islands at the beginning of the summer.

The sailings, stays and behaviour of the sailboat's crew members indicated that they could be scouting the geographical area and marinas of the islands for a future operation to introduce narcotic substances, in this case cocaine, as was subsequently confirmed.

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