Helicopter drug gang grounded

20 arrested and two helicopters seized - one of which had been buried underground after a crash

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The gang fitted metal baskets on each site of the helicopter to increase the load of drugs they could carry

By Oliver McIntyre

TWENTY people have been arrested and more than 600 kilos of hashish seized in the break-up of a gang that smuggled hashish from Morocco to the Costa in covert night-time helicopter flights, said Guardia Civil officials last week.

Arrests were made in Cádiz, Málaga and Sevilla provinces after Guardia Civil officers intercepted a helicopter as it was flying low and with no lights over the sea from Morocco to a rural area of Cádiz.

A Guardia Civil helicopter located the suspect aircraft mid-flight, then followed it to a property in the Los Alcornocales natural park before moving in as the drugs were being unloaded from the chopper, said officials.

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