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Portugal’s criminal investigation police (PJ) seized half a tonne of cocaine on a sailboat in the Azores archipelago on Friday and detained two men of foreign nationality, under the operation “Tiphon” to combat narcotic drugs trafficking by sea.
In a statement, the PJ force said that the operation was carried out over two days in the Azores by the Department of Criminal Investigation of Ponta Delgada and the Unit to Combat Narcotics Trafficking.
During the operation, “a sailboat suspected of being used in the transport of cocaine between South America and Europe” was detected.
During the operation, authorities detected two distinct part that had been specially reconfigured in the vessel structure, for the transport of narcotic drugs.
Inside the compartments, authorities found cocaine with an approximate gross weight of 500kg that was seized as well as a pistol “and other evidence.”
The two detainees, 41 and 53, went in front of judicial authorities for first questioning and are under pre-trial detention.
The investigation was supported by members of the Maritime Police from the island of Terceira and the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre-Narcotics (MAOC-N), headquartered in Lisbon, and the Dutch and Spanish authorities.Source: Lusa