Illegal drug trade: Spain arrests Ukrainian sailors in drug trafficking case
Crime10:03 Oct. 12, 2016

Spain arrests Ukrainian sailors in drug trafficking case

Sailors were allegedly involved in the supply of drugs and weapons to Iraq and Libya

Eleven Ukrainian sailors and a citizen of Uzbekistan have been arrested and investigated in Spain for their alleged involvement in a network that supplies weapons and drugs to militants in Iraq and Libya.

This is reported by Yevropeyska Pravda with references to Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo.

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As the country's Civil Guard Colonel Javier Rogero said, Ukrainian sailors were part of the cargo ship Marti N. crew, which was transporting 20 tons of hashish, hidden in legal timber cargo and bound for Libya.

The ship was detained at an unspecified area of the western part of the Mediterranean Sea.

Rogero said that the sailors now face up to ten years in prison.

The arrests occurred as part of a joint operation, conducted by Spain, Italy, France and Greece in cooperation with the European Police Office and US Drug Enforcement Administration since 2015.

Read also: Russia arrests seven suspected Islamic State militants over attack plot

According to the law enforcers, the police have exposed around 100 tons of hashish, more than 11 thousand weapons and arrested 109 individuals since the beginning of the operation.

The network is presumably controlled by Syrians, and supplies weapons and drugs to militants in Libya and other countries, including terrorist groups of jihadists. 

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