Crew in court after 10-ton cocaine seizure
Monday 12 July 1999
Judge Garzon's inquiries have been going on for several months and are seen as a further triumph for the man who earned the nickname "Superjudge" for his daring pursuit of Galician drug-smuggling clans in the 1980s. More recently he asked Britain to extraditeChile's former dictator General Pinochet.
The haul is the world's second largest, after a 20-ton haul in the United States in 1995. Spanish police say the capture of the Panamanian- registered Tammsaare on the high seas last week enabled them to dismantle a vast Spanish-Colombian drug-smuggling network.
The drugs were brought to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, where they were due to be burnt in huge ovens in a military compound.
After interrogation of the 15 crew members, a further five tons of cocaine were seized in a half-built house near the north-western Spanish port of A Coruna in Galicia, while 200kg of heroin was found in a warehouse near Madrid.
The crew were due to be questioned further in court by Judge Garzon. So far 57 people have been arrested in Spain since the Tammsaare was seized.
Police announced the seizure only after the Tammsaare'scargo had been safely transhipped to a Spanish customs vessel, which landed in Las Palmas on Saturday. They are looking for another five tons of drugs which they believe were smuggled to Spain in April.
Geoffrey Macnab reviews American Hustle, also starring Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper
newsFormer soldier taped 33 of the animals to the floor and then stamped on them one by one
Michelle Nijhuis' daughter insists (s)he is, and she learnt a valuable lesson on gender in books
news Opponents claim it would stop performers such as Beyonce and Madonna appearing on TV
It takes a platoon of chefs, litres of brandy and rum, and almost 100kg of dried fruit
food + drink
Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
Lee Rigby murder: How killers Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale became ultra-violent radicals
Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend
Paul Walker death caused by speed alone
Apollo Theatre collapse: Scores injured after partial ceiling collapse on to audience in London's West End
Exclusive: Young people ‘want UK to stay in Europe’: Four in 10 adults aged 18 to 24 are ‘firmly in favour’ of membership, poll shows
Tom Daley ‘is gay because his father died’ says UK evangelist
Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
Kiss and yell: Italian protester charged with sexual assault after kissing riot police officer
PM denies two child limit for benefits is part of Tory welfare policy
Anachronistic and iniquitous, grammar schools are a blot on the British education system
- 1 America's 'virgin births'? One in 200 mothers 'became pregnant without having sex'
- 2 North Koreans are gasping for the truth: Let's give it to them
- 3 Sun will 'flip upside down' within weeks, says Nasa
- 4 Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber is 'retiring from music'
- 5 Iain Duncan Smith leaves Commons food banks debate early
- < Previous
- Next >
£80000 - £120000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Risk - Delivery/...
£Negotiable: Citifocus: This is a new role carrying responsibility for a numbe...
£29999 - £40001 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: A top independent...
£90 - £130 per day + contributory pension scheme: Randstad Education Mancheste...