By John Smith • 15 April 2018 • 9:18
Just some of the bales of hashish discovered following the raids
ALTHOUGH criticised in local circles for a slow response to drug smuggling through La Linea de la Concepcion, recent action by the government has led to the seizure of hashish worth millions of euros.
It was claimed that La Linea was becoming a lawless town where the police were ineffective and unable to undertake their work properly.
Eventually, additional resources have been made available to combat the escalating drug smuggling which has included increasing the number of Guardia Civil and National Police officers on the ground and the ongoing financing of a mobile X-ray system (including scanner and van), a contraband detector, two canine units and adequate equipment including a dog friendly van.
The latest success in an operation carried out by officers from the Guardia Civil and National Police has seen the discovery of 3,300 kilos of hashish in two buildings in La Linea which has resulted in the arrest of three people.
In addition, details of various boats owned by the alleged smugglers and a number of mobile phones with contact details of others involved in the movement of the drugs along the coast have been found.
These latest arrests are part of the long term on-going battle against the illegal importation of drugs into Spain.
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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.
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Is marijuana a deadly drug? NO (no tax revenue there..must intercept..)
Are cigarettes and alcohol? YES (huge tax revenue..no interception there then.)
Hashish isn’t classified as a drug under any medical or scientific definition in the World.
Pete + Sean. Drugs or Jelly Babies: makes no difference. The BLACK MARKET makes them illegal. What are you guys smokin’? You should know ANYTHING smuggled on the black market is against the law!
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