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  • Speed boat intercepted by the Dutch authorities with 340Kg of cocaine

    Speed boat intercepted by the Dutch authorities with 340Kg of cocaine

    The Dutch authorities managed to intercept a speed boat carrying 340Kg of cocaine in the port of Zeeland, Netherlands. 3 Dutch nationals have been arrested and are now in custody. This seizure is a result of a Dutch investigation targetting criminal groups responsible to collect drugs from large cargo ships, who discharge large quantities of…


  • Spanish authorities seize 1200Kg of cocaine in the Canary Islands

    Spanish authorities seize 1200Kg of cocaine in the Canary Islands

    After a strenuous search of the vessel UNISPIRIT upon arrival in Las Palmas on 18/10/2020, the Spanish authorities managed to find 1.2 tons of cocaine hidden in a cargo of corn that had been loaded in Brazil and was destined for Cadiz, Spain. This seizure is a result of the cooperation between the Spanish and…


  • Major Spanish operation leads to the biggest ever maritime drug seizure in the country

    Major Spanish operation leads to the biggest ever maritime drug seizure in the country

    It all started when Spanish authorities noted that four sailing vessels known to belong to the same organized crime group, were sailing at the same time near the Morrocan coast. From that moment the Spanish National Police, Customs and Navy, launched a major maritime operation aiming at intercepting the 4 vessels that were already subject…


  • 1 ton of cocaine intercepted on board of a sailing vessel by Spanish authorities

    1 ton of cocaine intercepted on board of a sailing vessel by Spanish authorities

    The Spanish authorities intercepted a croatian sailing vessel 88 nautical miles west of La Palma Canary Islands. After being towed to the island of Gran Canaria, 1078Kg of cocaine (gross weight) have been found, and the three crew members have been arrested. It is believed that the vessel has been loaded off the West African…


  • Spanish authorities seized 1200Kg of cocaine in a sailing vessel heading to Galicia

    Spanish authorities seized 1200Kg of cocaine in a sailing vessel heading to Galicia

    The Spanish authorities managed to intercept a sailing vessel approximatelly 900 nautical miles from the Canary Islands with 5 crew members on board. The sailboat was boarded without any incident in very precarious sailing conditions, almost adrift, with some broken sails and engine. After being towed to Las Palmas, 1200 Kg of cocaine were found…


  • MAOC-N Support Officer – Vacancy Notice

    MAOC-N Support Officer – Vacancy Notice

    VACANCY NOTICE MAOC-N Support Officer (pdf) The Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre (Narcotics) – MAOC (N) is recruiting staff for the temporary post of Support Officer for the Centre’s Headquarters in Lisbon, Portugal. The Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre – Narcotics, MAOC (N): MAOC (N) is established through an International Agreement signed by representatives of…