Smugglers held after sinking submarine filled with cocaine
Spanish police have, for what is believed to be the first time, intercepted a submarine being used to smuggle drugs into Europe - and seized a reported three tonnes of Colombian cocaine.
Police sources say the 20metre-long submarine, thought to be similar to those used by traffickers to transport cocaine from Colombia to Mexico and the US, was detected in waters off the north-western region of Galicia when its three-man crew got into difficulties due to engine problems.
Two Ecuadorean men were arrested, but a manhunt continues for a third member of the gang, reported to be a Spanish citizen.
Before attempting to escape on land, the crew deliberately sank the vessel with a large amount of the cocaine still on board after reportedly dumping some of their cargo at sea. The authorities are trying to refloat the sunken vessel.
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