By Humphrey Carter

THE six people, including three Britons, arrested earlier this week in two separate Guardia Civil drugs squad operations which resulted in a total of seven tonnes of hashish being seized in Majorca, were last night being held on remand in Palma prison.

The three British suspects were arrested when their catamaran carrying 3'280 kilos of hashish was intercepted by the drugs squad 80 miles off the south coast of Majorca in the early hours of Monday morning.

The three appeared before a preliminary hearing in Palma yesterday but, on refusing to make a statement, the judge ordered that they be held on remand.

The three other men, including two Moroccans, arrested in Tuesday's operation, also appeared in court yesterday.

3'500 tonnes of hashish was confiscated from their yacht when it was intercepted by the drugs squad in the Port of Alcudia and last night, they too were in Palma prison.

The Guardia Civil said yesterday that the drugs squad has not closed either of the investigations and more arrests could be made over the coming weeks in connection with both seizures.

The government has ruled out that Majorca has become a new drugs gateway to Europe but it is understood that at least half of the drugs seized, and subsequently destroyed, were bound for the European market.


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