Repeat traffickers caught with 1400 kilos of hashish south of Praia do Barril

Detainees had already been convicted of "similar" crimes

Photos: Nuno Costa|Sul Informação

Two men, aged 35 and 45, were intercepted this morning, 20 June, in flagrante delicto, south of Praia do Barril, in Tavira, while carrying 43 bales of hashish, weighing around 1400 kilos, in a boat.

The two crew members of the boat, Portuguese, already had "criminal and judicial records" for drug trafficking, and were detained in this joint operation by the Southern Directorate of the Judiciary Police and the Coastal Control Unit (UCC) of the GNR.

An official source from the PJ told journalists that “the vessel was detected approaching the coast, through the UCC's coastal control devices”, around 2:00 am.

According to the same source, it was "a fiber work vessel in the Ria that will have received the drug loads at sea", which is "an identified and studied pattern" of drug trafficking on the Algarve coast.

Given this pattern, "there is a strong possibility that the drug is of Moroccan origin," he added.

The two detainees, "in addition to being already referenced by the authorities, had already been convicted of similar activities."

After being approached by the authorities, the men were taken to the Sub-Deployment of Coastal Control of Olhão and will be present, this Saturday, to the judge for the application of coercive measures. The process is submitted to the Department of Investigation and Criminal Action (DIAP) of Faro.



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