By Rund Abdelfatah
THE Guardia Civil has intercepted a ship carrying more than three tons of cocaine.
The high purity cocaine was seized by the police’s special operations group (GEO) on a merchant cargo ship 80km off the coast of Cadiz.
A total of 31 people allegedly linked to the Spanish-based international drug trafficking organisation have been arrested.
It is the largest consignment of drugs Spanish authorities have seized this year.
According to Guardia Civil director Ignacio Cosido, the narcotics had been loaded in South America and were headed towards the Galician coast, from where they would have been transported to Madrid.
The suspects include 21 Bulgarians, six Colombians and four Spaniards.
Cosido said the drug network is believed to have three central branches – one in Colombia that supplies the drugs, one in Bulgaria dedicated to maritime transport, and a third in Galicia responsible for their transportation across Spain.
The Spanish police carried out the eight-month operation with help from authorities in Bulgaria, where more arrests were made.