Spanish Police Seize Underwater Drones Built to Smuggle Drugs

Spanish police seized three underwater drones built to smuggle drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar.

The Policía Nacional said on July 4 that it dismantled a gang that was allegedly manufacturing drones capable of carrying up to 200 kilograms of drugs.

The police noted that it was the first time they encountered submarine drones being used to smuggle drugs.

“They were due to be delivered to French narco-traffickers to be used to transport significant quantities of cocaine,” the police said in a statement.

The police said the drones were armed with GPS navigation systems, which meant they could be operated by drug traffickers from anywhere in the world using an internet device.

“Among other uses, this equipment would have allowed drug traffickers to transport large quantities of drugs across the strait of Gibraltar by remote control,” the police said.

The police also seized 145 kilograms of hashish, eight kilograms of marijuana, €157,370 ($164,166) in cash, and six large aerial drones.

The bust is part of a 14-month investigation carried out in partnership with the French police, which also saw the arrests of eight people in Cádiz, Málaga, and Barcelona.

Authorities charged the eight people with drug trafficking and belonging to a criminal organization.

Of the eight arrested, six have been remanded in custody.


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