Spanish police seized over 2,400 pounds of cocaine from a ship carrying corn from Brazil after previously confiscating over 3,300 pounds of cocaine from the same ship.
Customs agents, national police and Guardia Civil stopped the ship Oct. 16 when it was 50 nautical miles off the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, according to the Guardian. They then conducted a five-day search through 7 million pounds of corn to find more than 2,500 pounds of cocaine. (RELATED: Drug Runners Reportedly Drop Sacks Of Marijuana On Spanish Beach In Broad Daylight)
Brazilian officials had previously seized 3,300 pounds of cocaine from the same ship two weeks earlier. After the ship left São Sebastião, Brazil, Brazilian authorities notified Spanish police of the incident and encouraged a second inspection, the Guardian reported.
“At the beginning of the month, the ship continued its journey towards the Spanish port of Cádiz, which included a stop in the port of Las Palmas”, Guardia Civil released in a statement, according to The Guardian. “There were still suspicions that there could have been more drugs concealed aboard. The Brazilian federal police told Spanish police that the ship had left port in strange circumstances before the Brazilian search had been completed. As a result, they asked customs agents and officers from the national police and the Guardia Civil to take another look at the cargo once it reached Spain.”
Drug trafficking is common on cargo ships, and several drug busts have happened before off the coast of Spain. Initiatives and operations have been implemented to prevent further drug trafficking off the coast. No arrests have been made yet, but investigations are still going on.