Spain Seizes Underwater Drones for Drug Smuggling

Spanish police have seized six so-called underwater drones that can transport large amounts of drugs from Morocco to Spain.


Eight suspects have been arrested in raids in Barcelona and the southern provinces of Malaga and Cadiz, which would have dismantled the gang behind the drones.

According to the police, it was the first time such unmanned underwater vehicles had been seized. The drones each had up to 12 engines and a range of 30 kilometres, more than enough to bridge the Strait of Gibraltar between Spain and Morocco.

Three of the drones were allegedly delivered to a French drug gang to “transport significant amounts of cocaine,” police said. The coiled gang also built false bottoms in drug smuggling vehicles.

Among the customers are criminal groups in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, police said.

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