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Spain seized more than 69 tons of drugs in boardings of vessels in international waters during 2020

  • It is the highest number of narcotic substances seized since 2011 and triples the amount of 2019, according to the report prepared by the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO) of the Ministry of the Interior.
  • The Customs Surveillance Service of the Tax Agency, National Police and Civil Guard carried out eighteen operations on the high seas, eleven of them with positive results.
  • From 2011 to 2020, Customs Surveillance and the State Security Forces and Corps carried out 129 boardings in international waters that allowed the seizure of 386 tons of drugs.

June 5, 2021.- Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency and the State Security Forces and Corps intervened during 2020 more than 69 tons of narcotic substances in 18 boardings of vessels in international waters , specifically in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean areas. In total, 63.6 tons of hashish and 5.4 tons of cocaine were seized.

It constitutes the largest amount of drugs seized in this type of operations since 2011 and triples the amount seized throughout 2019. In the global count, from 2011 to 2020, Customs Surveillance of the Tax Agency, dependent on the Ministry of Finance and the State Security Forces and Corps, carried out 129 boardings in international waters that allowed the seizure of 386 tons of drugs.

The data is part of the 2020 balance sheet prepared by the Intelligence Center against Terrorism and Organized Crime (CITCO) of the Ministry of the Interior on collisions in international waters. These operations are contemplated in the United Nations conventions on the Law of the Sea, of 1982, and against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, of 1988, both ratified by Spain.

In 2020, Spain processed 27 boarding requests, of which 18 were made, eleven with positive results and seven without detection of prohibited substances. Another nine requests did not end on the high seas for different reasons.

International legislation requires authorization for boarding from the countries under whose flag the seized vessels sail. Of those investigated, mostly sailboats, eight sailed under the flag of the Netherlands. Next in number are the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium, with three vessels in each case, and Togo and Panama, with two each.

Filming of operation (to download the video you must enter the following web address):

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