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Portuguese police seize 6 tons of hashish, arrest British suspects

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese police seized a large shipment of hashish and arrested two British citizens suspected of belonging to an international trafficking ring, authorities said Thursday.

    Detectives with a special drug unit found more than 6.6 tons (6 metric tons) of Moroccan hashish during an operation in southeastern Portugal last weekend, police said.

    Armed officers apprehended a truck containing just over 3 tons of hashish and after further searches found a similar amount at a different location, it said.

    The Britons are aged 38 and 40, according to the statement, which did not provide their identities. They appeared before a magistrate who ordered they be held in custody.

    The operation came after a yearlong investigation into a suspected British-led ring based in Portugal's southern Algarve region. Police said an international investigation is continuing.

    Officials were not immediately available to provide further details.

    Large seizures of hashish from Morocco are not uncommon in southern Portugal. Authorities say the Iberian peninsula is a main entry point to Europe for North African hashish.

    Last year, Portuguese police seized more than 24 tons (22 metric tons) of hashish, down from more than 67 tons (61 metric tons) in 2008.

    By The Associated Press (CP)


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