Four arrested as police seize “€50 million-worth” of cocaine in Algarve

Four men were arrested and over a tonne of cocaine – said to be worth around €50 million if ‘sold on the streets’ – was seized by PJ criminal police in the Algarve this week as part of an operation entitled ‘Terra Firme’.

Reports Correio da Manhã tabloid, the drugs were confiscated by police at the location they were being stored – which has not been revealed.

The men are aged between 28 and 63 and are described as “from the UK, Montenegro and Serbia”.

The group was reportedly “preparing to transport the cocaine out of Portugal” in a van, which was later seized, when police swooped in.

Adds the tabloid, the drugs are believed to have been brought to Portugal aboard a sailboat, later seized at a marina in the Algarve.

PJ police believe the men, who were due to appear before a judge, are part of an international drug trafficking network as they were of diverse nationalities, used a “highly sophisticated” system and were dealing large quantities of drugs.

michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com