23 Oct, 2018 @ 11:11
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SEA WEED: Gibraltar police seize £1.35 million cannabis haul after high-speed boat chase with drug gang

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ROCK RACE: Police were led on a chase around Gibraltar before the gang dumped drugs in the sea
ROCK RACE: Police were led on a chase around Gibraltar before the gang dumped drugs in the sea

POLICE in Gibraltar have seized £1.35 million worth of cannabis, following a dangerous high-speed sea chase in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Four drug traffickers led the Royal Gibraltar Police (RGP), HM Customs and Gibraltar Defence Police (GDP) on a wild goose chase off Europa Point.

The men sped around the Rock’s southernmost tip in their inflatable boat, powered by three Yamaha 350 HP outboard engines.

The RGP and GDP recovered nine bales of cannabis resin, with a street value of £1.35 million, after the gang dumped it in the sea and fled from Gibraltar’s territorial waters.

“I am delighted that local law enforcement agencies working in close collaboration were able to frustrate a drug trafficking operation of some magnitude,” said RG Police Commissioner Ian McGrail.

He added: “We will continue to work tirelessly to make life difficult for those who engage in illicit activity in surrounding waters and send a clear message to drug traffickers that we will be out there in numbers policing the area to thwart their criminal undertakings.”

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