Brazilian and Romanian arrested in Cartagena port


NATIONAL POLICE from Cartagena, acting on information from other European forces, have arrested two men wanted for crimes in their home countries.

One was wanted for attempting to introduce cocaine into Europe on a sailing yacht and the other for several crimes against property

The two seperate arrests were conducted recently by police monitoring activities and movements of boats coming into and leaving Cartagena port.

In accordance with European directives, National Police carry out exhaustive controls of people arriving on board boats in all areas of the port, both the commercial and pleasure harbours, in order to guarantee legal entry to the Spanish territory.

As a result of co-operation between Europol and Interpol, agents detained two men, arriving on boats who had warrants issued against them in Brazil and Romania.

The Brazilian, travelling on a yacht registered in Portugal was detained via information from Interpol.

The detainee was part of an international organization dedicated to drug trafficking between Brazil and Portugal.

In 2015 he participated in the transfer of between 70 and 100 kilos of cocaine, hidden inside a yacht.

The man was part of a criminal gang based in the Brazilian region of Baixada, dedicated to drug trafficking, according to sources of the National Police.

Although the man was travelling with a fake passport, the police were suspicious and uncovered his real identity.

Similarly, the Romanian was a member of the crew of a merchant ship and was in possession of two different passports.

Both men have been detained by the National police awaiting extradition to their home countries.

Over the past year controls were carried out on the 3,500 vessels that docked in Cartagena, both recreational and merchant.

In addition, the crew and passengers of a hundred and twenty one cruise ships arriving in the port have been monitored and checked for legality.

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