Spanish Customs Finds 400 Kilos of Hashish Hidden in Oxygen Bottles

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The remainder of the cylinders were opened on Tuesday morning, revealing a total of 415 kilos in 15 bottles. The cylinders – purportedly empty – were loaded with packages of hashish, a common illegal cargo on routes from North Africa to Europe. Maritime Executive website reports Customs police in the port of Ceuta had a surprise when they examined a cargo of industrial gas bottles earlier this week. A canine unit helped to confirm the suspicion of a smuggled substance, and one of the bottles was destructively opened for examination. The resumption of cross-border trade has given smugglers in Morocco renewed access to Ceuta’s freight ferry services, which can be used to reach markets on the Spanish mainland.

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Maritime Executive website reports

Customs police in the port of Ceuta had a surprise when they examined a cargo of industrial gas bottles earlier this week. The cylinders – purportedly empty – were loaded with packages of hashish, a common illegal cargo on routes from North Africa to Europe.

On Monday, inspectors with the Guardia Civil’s border service and Spanish customs examined a cargo of empty oxygen bottles awaiting shipment to the port of Algeciras, on the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar. (Ceuta is a Spanish exclave on the coast of Morocco, and it has regular cargo ferry services to the Spanish mainland.) They...

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