Sea weed: Looters are chased away by a Spanish police helicopter as they try to snatch cannabis from a drug smuggler’s boat that ran aground on a beach
- The drug dealers hit the sand and abandoned their stash of cannabis
- The police had to chase away locals who were heading towards the boat to try to steal the drugs
- The raid was filmed from a nearby rooftop in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cádiz
Footage shows Spanish police raiding a beach and using a helicopter to chase away dozens of looters trying to pull hemp from a wrecked drug trafficker’s boat.
The strange raid was filmed from a nearby rooftop in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz province, southern Spain, on July 29, at the center of a drug bust.
Spanish customs officials intercepted a wrecked drug-trafficker’s boat after it was washed ashore.
But when they tried to secure the crime scene, they were swarmed by locals, apparently trying to steal the cache.
The drug dealers crashed their boat on the sand and left loaded with cannabis, but when police tried to secure the crime scene, they had to chase away locals who rushed to the boat to try and seize the stash
One person commented: “Packs of drugs were attacked by people who look like locals or members of the public, not dealers.”
The video shows a customs helicopter flying almost at ground level to prevent the thieves from escaping with the drugs.
Even then, some still took the risk and rushed under the helicopter to fill the sacks with loot.
According to reports, Spain’s customs asked for help from the Civil Guard and the national police when its officers were ambushed by looters.
Spanish customs said in a statement on social media: “Congratulations to our colleagues who, following an anti-drug operation in Sanlúcar and their decisive actions, managed to intercept a stash of hashish after a boat carrying drugs ran aground on the beach.” .’
Netizen “Infierno civico” commented: “It’s worrying that people who look like locals or the general public, not traffickers, have attacked drug packs.”
A customs helicopter flies low as a deterrent to scare off dozens of people trying to steal drugs seized by police on a beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda,
Social media user “orlva” responded: “This is how it is in this country, most want a life with lots of money but minimal effort. Ignorant!’
The Spanish National Police confirmed that the operation was ongoing.
Cádiz province is said to be a hot spot for drug trafficking due to its proximity to the African continent.
The province is located just nine miles from Morocco at the narrowest point of the Strait of Gibraltar.