Spain Seizes 12 Tons of Hashish
It was smuggled in fuel tanks of trucks from Morocco
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 26, 2012 8:42 AM CST
A police officer takes a photo on his cell phone of part of a haul of hashish and marijuana in Madrid.   (Paul White)

(Newser) – Spanish police seized 12 tons of hashish smuggled from Morocco on trucks with fuel tanks rigged to hide the drugs, authorities said today. Police arrested 35 people in what was described as the breakup of a major smuggling ring feeding the European market. Authorities said hashish traveled in trucks that took cargo ferries from Morocco to southern Spain, and were then driven to a Madrid suburb where the hashish was extracted from the vehicles' fuel tanks.

From there, some of the hashish was sent to Madrid for sale, while the rest was put aboard other trucks carrying legal merchandise to countries including Belgium, Britain, France, and Holland. Police also seized numerous bags of marijuana, $198,000 in cash, 14 vehicles, and 109 cellphones during the course of an eight-month investigation that started when authorities broke up a Madrid hashish-selling ring and went after that group's suppliers.

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Fransico-2012
Dec 31, 2012 12:56 PM CST
To Hankhill: I'm glad that Hashish is your first love; However, I hope your next love would be your immediate relatives (parents, spouse, children, siblings,etc), not any Hashish relatives or its derivatives! Happy new Hashish!
HANKHILL
Dec 27, 2012 9:55 AM CST
omg send me some please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my first love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
myflap.blow
Dec 26, 2012 6:19 PM CST
don't they know you're supposed to make the whole truck outta the stuff!