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Crackdown on Portugal Hashish Connection

Bill Weinberg

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Portugal's Public Security Police (PSP) announced last week the seizure of 128,000 "individual doses" of hashish in a Lisbon raid, which also saw one arrest.

The operation coincided with Spanish police seizing 1.5 tons of hashish in a joint cross-border maritime raid. Portugal's National Republican Guard (GNR) seized the boat at the fishing village of Isla Cristina, after it was intercepted and boarded by the Spanish Coast Guard off Andalusia. It was apparently bound for Portugal when it was intercepted.

Last month, there was a similar raid, with Spanish and Portuguese police announcing the dismantling of an organization that used powerboats to import Moroccan hash into both countries. Fifteen were arrested. 

The ring allegedly used a network of specially-equipped piers and warehouses to receive shipments. As part of the operation, police seized 2,400 kilograms (2.7 tons) of hashish in three raids, as well as 23 speedboats, four jet-skis, 12 vehicles, 4,750 liters (1,255 gallons) of unsafely-stored fuel and 463,465 euros ($510,100) in cash.

(Photo Courtesy of ThePortugalNews.com)

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