The Judiciary Police (PJ), through the National Unit to Combat Drug Trafficking and as part of an investigation begun in 2019, launched in recent days the police operation called “Catavento“, aimed at dismantling a criminal structure of drug trafficking.
This organisation is suspected of bringing large quantities of hashish from North Africa by sea and then transporting it by land to several European countries.
During this operation, which had the relevant support of the Navy and Air Force, it was possible to locate and then intercept, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in front of Cape St. Vincent, a fishing vessel that the criminal organization in question was using to transport approximately 3500 kilograms of hashish, which were seized together with the vessel.
In addition to the seizures, a total of seven men, six Portuguese and one foreigner aged between 29 and 52 were arrested, all of them presumed to be members of the said criminal organisation.
Five of the detainees have already been presented for their first judicial interrogation before the competent judicial authority, and the measure of coercion of pre-trial detention has been applied to them.
The investigation, which was also supported by the Cuerpo Nacional de Policía de España and the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre – Narcotics (MAOC-N), based in Lisbon, will continue with a view to gathering further evidence.