Spain to Invest Millions in New Tech to Stop Sea Traffickers

SPAIN’S INTERIOR MINISTRY has assigned €5.3 million to be spent on new technology to stop drug and human traffickers on the Meditteranean and Atlantic.

The multi-million investment will be used to procure 12 new high-tech optronic sensors, which will be able to detect boats at a range of 22km and automatically track moving targets. The Guardia Civil’s boat detection technology is in need of a “refresher” to “increase its capacity in terms of detection range, image resolution, and automatic target tracking” said the Ministry.

Five of the expensive new devices will be assigned to the Canary Islands, which has seen a huge influx of human trafficking in 2020. Other sensors and further investments will be assigned across Spain’s coastline, including to stations in Malaga, Cadiz, Almeria, and Mallorca.

From January to November this year Guardia Civil detected over 2000 suspicious vessels on Spain’s seas. Trafficking gangs use small, camouflaged boats to ferry drugs and migrants into Europe through Spain, particularly in the Meditteranean. Much of the continent’s illegal drugs come through Andalusia, with a spike in narco-trafficking recorded around the Strait of Gibraltar in recent times.


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Oisin Sweeney

Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...

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