The police announced on Thursday that they had dismantled a network of drug traffickers in Spain.

Offenders simulated boat damage and even killer whale attacks to get themselves towed and smuggled cannabis into ports with impunity.

After loading the drugs into the cabin of a sailboat in Morocco, the traffickers claimed once at sea to have been victims of an accident or damage, detailed the Spanish police in their press release.

Rescue at sea then towed the boat to Andalusian ports in southern Spain.

“Suspicious movements” at sea

The drugs were then unloaded little by little and stored in a cache awaiting shipment abroad.

A sailboat from this network anchored in the port of Barbate, not far from Cadiz, after claiming that it had been "victim of an orca attack" in the Strait of Gibraltar, reports the police.

The authorities opened an investigation in the summer of 2021 after spotting a boat making "suspicious movements" at sea. On board were several people known for drug trafficking cases, two of whom were arrested.

More than 63,000 euros and 172 kg of drugs were found in the boat.

In September 2020, Spain temporarily banned sailboats from part of its northwest coast after around 50 killer whale attacks.

These can weigh up to six tonnes and measure almost 10m in length, the size of a bus.

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