Six hundred kilos of cocaine have been recovered after a yacht was boarded by the GEO Special Operations Unit of the Spanish National Police in international waters, 180 miles off Cape San Vicente, Portugal, early on Tuesday.
A man from Holland, who was the only person on board the yacht, the ‘Dalí’, was taken into custody.
The operation was supported by the Spanish Navy and the Portuguese Air Force and came after joint investigations by the National Police Central Drugs Brigade and the UK’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, which EFE reports revealed that the cargo was bound for Spain.
The Spanish Navy escorted the yacht into port in Cádiz later on Tuesday, where Chief Inspector José Antonio Rodríguez of the Udyco central organised crime and drugs squad told the press that the cocaine haul is one of the largest made in Spain so far this year. La Voz de Cádiz said the cocaine found on board the Dalí is thought to be 80% pure and gives its street value as some 20 million €.
The Dalí is believed to have set sail from a Spanish port at the beginning of January to pick up its cargo in an as yet unidentified Caribbean country before setting sail for the return journey to Spain around a month ago.