• Three local cars stuffed with tobacco seized by Guardia Civil

    Three local cars stuffed with tobacco seized by Guardia Civil0

    The drivers of three Gibraltar-registered cars heading into Spain in a convoy were arrested by the Spanish authorities for tobacco offences. The three cars, driven by two British nationals and one Spaniard, had a total of 11,500 packets of cigarettes stuffed into the boots of the cars, according to the Guardia Civil. The officers grew

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  • Cocaine surge to Europe fuelled by new gangs, violence-report

    Cocaine surge to Europe fuelled by new gangs, violence-report0

    By Axel Bugge New gangs are muscling into cocaine markets in Europe, setting up smuggling networks straight from producers in Latin America to consumers, a business which used to be dominated by the mafia, the Lisbon-based EU drugs agency said on Thursday. In a study, which aimed to identify the causes of surging amounts of

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  • Busy week for Customs

    Busy week for Customs0

    In the last week, HM Customs has worked jointly with other agencies in a host of operations which have resulted in the seizure of a vehicle, a vessel, communications equipment and over £17,000 worth of cigarettes. In the early hours of Tuesday morning, Customs Officers working with the assistance of the Gibraltar Defence Police conducted

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  • Spain moves ahead with ban on ‘narco launches’

    Spain moves ahead with ban on ‘narco launches’0

    Spain yesterday moved to ban large, powerful rigid-hulled inflatable boats of the type used by criminal gangs to smuggle large shipments of cannabis resin across the Strait of Gibraltar from Morocco to Spanish shores. The prohibition on the so-called “narco launches” is part of wider initiatives to crack down on drug traffickers operating in this

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  • Footage shows dramatic drugs chase near Algeciras

    Footage shows dramatic drugs chase near Algeciras0

    Spain’s Guardia Civil has released dramatic footage of a high-speed chase at sea near Algeciras that ended in 2.4 tonnes of cannabis resin being seized. The video shows Spanish law enforcement vessels and a helicopter chasing smugglers on a rigid-hulled inflatable boat in the area of Punta Carnero. In a statement, the Guardia Civil said

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  • Drugs seized after dawn chase in Algeciras

    Drugs seized after dawn chase in Algeciras0

    Smugglers ditched at least 107 bales of cannabis resin during dawn chase at sea off Algeciras yesterday. Video and photographs posted on social media showed the coastline in Getares dotted with floating bales [pictured above]. Minutes earlier, a rigid-hulled inflatable boat had been filmed speeding just metres from the shore, its occupants throwing the bales

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