Spanish authorities seized significant quantities of cannabis resin destined for Brazil

The Surveillance Services of the Spanish Customs (DAVA) recently conducted a maritime operation approximately 150nm south of the Canary Islands, which resulted in the seizure of over 6000kg of cannabis resin on board a sailing vessel.

The sailboat departed from southern Portugal towards the west coast of Morocco, where it may have loaded the illicit cargo believed to be destined for Brazil. After the interception and boarding by the Spanish authorities, the vessel has been towed to the port of Arguineguín (Gran Canaria), where the two crew members were present to the competent authorities.

This seizure represents a further indicator of the increase in the trafficking of Moroccan “hashish” towards Brazil, where according to information shared by the MAOC-N partners at least since 2020, European and Brazilian criminal organisations could be exchanging directly cannabis resin for cocaine.