Two Spanish police detained in drug trafficking sting: report
Two Guardia Civil policemen have been arrested in Spain as part of an investigation into drugs trafficking in which four tonnes of hashish were seized, public radio RNE reported Wednesday.
The officers are suspected of having tipped off drug smugglers as to when the best time would be to bring the hashish ashore from boats transporting it from Morocco, the radio station said, citing local investigators.
The policeman were stationed in the coastal towns of Chipiona and Isla Cristina in the southwestern region of Andalusia.
The arrests and drug seizures were carried out two weeks ago in cooperation with police in the Spanish enclave of Ceuta on the Moroccan coast.
Earlier on Wednesday Spain's interior ministry announced that police had seized 2.5 tonnes of cocaine from several shipping containers that arrived from Colombia and Mexico and detained three Spanish men as part of the operation.
Spain's close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it Europe's main entry point for the drug.
Its proximity to North Africa has also meant it is a key entry point for hashish into Europe.