In a joint operation between police in Gran Canaria and the UK National Crime Agency, 80 bales of cocaine were discovered on a Venezuelan fishing boat heading for Europe. This cooperative venture was made possible by the use of the Pretel Tax Agency Ship based at the Naval Base in the port of Las Palmas. This ship intercepted the Venezuelan fishing boat, which attempted to escape and changed course for Venezuela. However, the tax agency ship stopped the fishing vessel, and found 100 million euros worth of cocaine.
The UK National Crime Agency had been tracking this fishing vessel and passed this information to Gran Canaria police, who then acted to stop this criminal activity. A local police spokesperson reported that although the value of this seized quantity of cocaine was worth 100 million euros, after refinement and conversion into small doses for selling on the streets of European cities, this value could double or triple.
So a very successful joint operation of police and crime agency teams, and demonstrates the value of countries working together to fight crime.
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