By Humphrey Carter
PALMA

THE Guardia Civil is continuing with its war on drugs trafficking in the Balearics and this week has seized nearly seven tons of hashish in Majorca.

The Guardia Civil narcotics and serious crime squad lifted the lid off two major operations carried out over the weekend yesterday.

Two separate anti-drugs operations were mounted on Sunday night.
The first operation targeted a British-flagged yacht on board which the drugs squad found 3'000 kilos of hashish. Two men, a Spaniard and a 19-year-old Dominican were arrested. In the second operation, a total of 3'900 kilos were intercepted by the drug squad which was apparently lying in wait for the arrival of a yacht from Morocco.

The yacht was spotted off Alcudia by an air sea rescue vessel and was eventually intercepted by the Guardia Civil in the Port of Alcudia. Yesterday, the drugs squad finished weighing the seizure and reported that the hashish weighed in at just under four tons. Three people were arrested in the Port of Alcudia and the yacht had apparently been chartered from a company which, according to the police, had absolutely no idea what their vessel was going to be used for. Guardia Civil sources said yesterday that, while they knew the yacht was bound from Morocco to Majorca, they do not know if the drugs were destined for the Majorcan or Balearic market. Either way, today, central government delegate Ramon Socias will oversee the destruction of part of the seized drugs at the Son Reus incinerator.

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