8,6 tonnes of hashish were seized from two high-speed vessels in a joint operation by the Navy, the National Maritime Authority, the Air Force and the Judiciary Police (PJ), about 70 nautical miles south of the Algarve.
This seizure took place “following a routine maritime patrol mission by the Air Force”, says a statement.
The Air Force saw "suspicious movements" of two "high speed craft, semi-rigid and equipped with high power engines".
A «successful» approach was made, by a Navy vessel operated by Marines, which allowed the drug to be intercepted, detected and seized.
The vessels were driven, with the support of a Navy speedboat, to the port of Faro, location closest to the approach, in order to carry out the investigation steps.
In total, eight men aged between 34 and 40 were arrested.
The investigation is being carried out by the Judiciary Police.
This is the second major drug seizure in the Algarve in recent days.
Last Saturday, January 28th, another joint operation by the Navy, the National Maritime Authority, the Air Force and the Judiciary Police allowed the seizure of 4,5 tons of hashish.