New action to catch vehicle smugglers at Spanish ports

The impounded stolen vehicles

AS part of an international drive to stop exportation of stolen vehicles, officers of the National Police have targeted the ports of Algeciras, Malaga and Tarifa.

Under an investigation which included officers from Interpol, officers checked vehicles due to cross by ferry to Africa and discovered nine stolen cars and a single motorcycle, all of which were bound for Ceuta or Tangier.

According to reports, as many as 90 per cent of these mainly high end cars destined for Africa are driven onto ferries in Spain although they may have been stolen in almost any European country.

This is a highly lucrative business which evades import fees and the funds earned from the sale of these illicitly obtained vehicles can be put to work support other criminal or even terrorist activities.

The volume of this illegal trade in stolen vehicles naturally increases during the summer months when many honest and innocent Moroccans in particular travel from all across Europe, converging on the nearest ports to their home destinations.

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John Smith

Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica. Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene. Share your story with us by emailing [email protected], by calling +34 951 38 61 61 or by messaging our Facebook page www.facebook.com/EuroWeeklyNews

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