Spain confiscates 35 tons of hashish smuggled in yachts

Spanish authorities say they have confiscated 35 tons of hashish being smuggled aboard luxury yachts in what they are calling the country’s largest bust of this drug at sea

MADRID -- Spanish authorities said Wednesday that they have confiscated 35 tons of hashish that was being smuggled aboard luxury yachts in what they called the country’s largest bust at sea involving the drug.

Spain’s Finance Ministry said the hashish was found when agents boarded four sailboats belonging to an alleged smuggling ring. Police found 30 tons of hash on the yachts in addition to 5 tons previously seized elsewhere.

Police said they arrested nine Bulgarians and one Russian and confiscated six yachts worth an estimated 5 million euros ($5.9 million) in the operation carried out from Sept. 24-28.