The yacht, named Pepper Sauce, was escorted into a naval base on Gran Canaria’s Las Palmas on Sunday morning after being boarded by Spanish customs officials 240 nautical miles off shore.
Spanish authorities released footage showing the dramatic moment officials boarded the 12-metre yacht which is suspected of being used to transport a shipment of South American cocaine into Spain.
Interceptado en aguas cercanas a #Canarias un velero cargado con 1.850 kilos de cocaína. ¿Tienes información sobre tráfico de drogas? Ayúdanos en la lucha contra el narcotráfico de forma confidencial ➡️ [email protected] pic.twitter.com/9cPh5pUgr9
— Policía Nacional (@policia) June 24, 2018
Officers found 61 bales of the Class-A drug on board.
A statement from the National Police explained that the bust was the result of a joint operation between them and the Customs and Excise into a criminal gang smuggling drugs into Spain.
“The modus operandi was to charter yachts that either brought the drugs directly into Spanish ports or transferred on the high seas onto different vessels that then smuggled it into Spain for distribution.”