The Judicial Police detained two people and seized 400 kilograms of cocaine aboard a vessel intercepted in the Atlantic Ocean, it was announced today.
In a statement, the PJ said that the National Unit to Combat Trafficking in Narcotic Drugs, in collaboration with the Portuguese Navy and the Air Force, has in recent days carried out an operation to combat drug trafficking by sea and intercepted in the Ocean Atlantic, a pleasure craft that was being used to transport 400 kilos of cocaine.
Police seized the vessel and the drug and arrested two foreign men, 45 and 58, who are already in custody. They suspect “a criminal organization of a transnational dimension in different countries of the European continent and Latin America involved in the trafficking.
The cocaine seized was to be transported from the Caribbean to the Europe, and then destined to be distributed by different countries, police said.
This is the result of an investigation initiated recently by PJ following the exchange of information within the framework of the Lisbon-based Maritime Analysis and Operations Center – Narcotics (MAOC-N).
The investigation is carried out by the PJ in cooperation with the authorities of other countries.