The undersigned Coastal Control of Vila Real de Santo António da GNR seized, on Friday morning, 2.8 tons of hashish in a vessel on the Rio Guadiana, near the mouth of Odeleite, and detained one person.
Following a coast surveillance operation, with the support of the Integrated Monitoring, Command and Control System (SIVICC), equipped with thermal surveillance cameras and radar systems, the GNR detected a semi-rigid 10 meters high speed, which was heading for the Guadiana River.
GNR immediately activated the Marine Patrol and Intersection Team, which, using a High Speed Craft (EAV), allowed to intercept the suspect vessel, which carried 85 bales of hashish, totaling 2,800 kilograms of drugs.
In this action, the only crew member of the vessel, a 38-year-old man, who was awaiting his first interrogation, was detained at the Judicial Court of Vila Real de Santo António.
Due to the suspicious movements of vehicles and individuals on the Spanish river bank, the Spanish authorities were contacted, who later arrested a Moroccan national in the town of Villablanca (Spain), suspected of being related to this occurrence.