Three Spanish men have been re-arrested and charged with importing a large amount of drugs that were found concealed in the hull of their confiscated RHIB.
A statement from the RGP reads:
The three Spanish nationals arrested by the RGP Marine Section after a high speed chase at sea on Monday, have been re-arrested and charged with importing a large cache of drugs that was found concealed in the hull of their fast launch.
Juan Jose Pinero Espinosa 24 from Algeciras, Francisco Gil Dominguez 33 from Jerez, and Juan Manuel Ordonez Suarez 36, from Algeciras appeared in court yesterday, pleading guilty to charges of importing a prohibited import – a 14 metre 350x3 HP semi rigid inflatable boat – and dangerous navigation.
Acting on intelligence received after the original case was heard, a meticulous search of the vessel was carried out leading to the discovery of 1.5 tons of cannabis resin.
An RGP spokesman said the drugs had been discovered in a double hull and described this as “a new sophisticated method of concealment for these type of vessels which we had never seen before.”
The men have now been charged with importation, possession and possession with intent to supply of a controlled Class B drug and will be reappearing at the Magistrates Court this morning.
The RGP are continuing their investigation.