Britons arrested in drug bust

Three British men, a Belgian and two Moroccans were arrested by the Polícia Judiciária (PJ) drug squad on Monday as part of an operation to combat the international trafficking of cannabis.

The six men, all aged between 28 and 55, were arrested as part of the PJ’s Operation Trident and are suspected to being part of an international group dedicated to importing drugs from Morocco into Europe.

The operation took place over the weekend and culminated in three simultaneous actions being carried out by the PJ in Moita, near Lisbon, Olhão and Vilamoura, which resulted in the arrests and more than 7,000kg of cannabis from Morocco being seized. Five boats and a 4×4 vehicle were also impounded.

In a statement, the PJ said: “The investigation, carried out with the cooperation of the Spanish authorities, included the detection and monitoring of the suspects’ movements, especially around the Lisbon area and the Algarve coast.”

António Sintra, who coordinated the operation, told Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manhã that the suspects would fetch the drugs in Morocco then split them up between the boats and return “calmly back to shore as though they had been out fishing”.

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