Spanish police said on Tuesday they had seized 4.4 tons of hashish apparently destined for Latin America aboard a boat sailing off the country's southern coast and arrested the two Britons on board.

Spanish customs agents took advantage of a storm that forced the criminals to change their initial route to board this boat in the Bay of Cadiz.

According to a press release from the Spanish police, customs officers were watching him following information from the British police services.

"The investigation had established that the boat was going to be used to recover a large quantity of hashish in Morocco which was then to be transported to Latin America," the police continued.

In burlap and raffia

The boat recovered its cargo well on the west coast of Morocco, but then had to turn back to Spain due to bad weather in the Strait of Gibraltar.

A Spanish customs patrol took the opportunity to approach the ship and, after boarding, discovered “numerous burlap and raffia packages, often used to transport this type of drug,” the statement said.

Customs officials seized a total of 130 packages containing some 4,400 kg of hashish.

The boat was taken to Cádiz and its two crew members, of British nationality, were arrested, added the police, who do not rule out other arrests.

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