STAFF REPORTER

PALMA
ANOTHER haul of hashish has been discovered in a beached power boat on the coast of Majorca, the third in five days.
Amid growing police concerns that the Balearics are becoming a port of entry for drug runners from North Africa after seizure of 7.5 tonnes of hashish at Sant Elm and Portocolom, an abandoned launch was located yesterday at Colonia Sant Pere. The gang had succeeded in getting its cargo on shore but they left the launch alongside some fifty canisters of fuel to guarantee their return to Morocco. The find of the speed boat in a small cove was made by chance by a foreign visitor walking along the beach. The vessel was more than 12 metres in length and had three powerful motors. The alarm was raised and a major search operation was coordinated from police headquarters in Manacor. Investigators believe the night-time landing went wrong when the craft smashed against the rocks,. Police estimate the gang may have brought 3'000 kilos of hashish ashore, none of which has as yet been recovered. Significant leads are already being followed as to the whereabouts of the gang.

ISLAND-WIDE HUNT
Following two police and customs authority raids on drug runners last weekend in the district of Andratx and on the east coast at Portocolom, Majorca was surprised yesterday morning by a third at Colonia Sant Pere. Central government delegate in the Balearics, Ramón Socias has vowed not to let the Islands be used by drugs runners to fuel illicit trade from North Africa and has pledged full support to the armed forces.

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