The Guardian reports…
Police in Spain say they have smashed a drug smuggling ring that used drones to monitor law enforcement and try to ensure the coast was clear to unload shipments of hashish.
Officers arrested 12 suspected members of the gang in the southern town of La Linea de la Concepcion, which lies on the border with Gibraltar and has become a hub for drug smuggling in recent years.
“Some of those who were arrested were highly trained in the use of unmanned drones, which were used when a boat full of hashish neared the coast to land, in order to monitor a possible police presence,” police said.
They suspect the ring smuggled more than six tonnes of hashish into Spain from Morocco in recent months, earning about €5m (£4.35m).
Officers seized a drone along with a radio frequency inhibitor and several high-end smartphones as part of the operation.
The 10 men and two women who were arrested face charges of drug trafficking and membership of an organised crime group. All 12 were Spanish nationals.
Spain’s proximity to Morocco, a key source of cannabis, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine-producing region, have made it an important gateway for international drug dealers.