Customs in Almería has arrested seven people and seized 18 tonnes of hashish as they tried to smuggle it into the country. The boat Assel sailing under a Tanzanian flag has been monitored since its discovery in Casablanca harbor where it was loading. Officials from the Agencia Tributaria (IRS) reported a suspicious behavior, and when the boat was in Spanish waters, the ship was met by two Spanish customs boats for an inspection. The crew, all of Syrian origin, then tried to flee to avoid arrest.
Since last June, the Spanish customs authorities uncovered smuggling attempt of more than 90 tonnes of hashish, thanks to the good cooperation with the authorities in Italy and France.