According to the BBC, the Spanish National Police have recovered three underwater drones used to smuggle drugs across the Strait of Gibraltar after a 14-month investigation.
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Unmanned vehicle technology is finding a wide variety of uses, from delivering food to medicines, while also assisting nations resisting hostile neighbors' attacks. The dangers of using this technology aren't hidden from smugglers of illegal substances.
Last year, we reported on how a five-engine drone capable of flying for seven hours was used to smuggle drugs. The drone was discovered by the Spanish National Police's specialized crime division, and about a year later, authorities discovered a different method of transporting drugs, this time via water.
Why is Spain a hotspot for smuggling?
Spain, which is one of the world's largest cannabis producers, has become the gateway for smuggling drugs into the country thanks to its geographical proximity to Morocco, which is about nine miles (15 km) north of these two islands, which may be easily separated. In April, the police arrested 100 individuals using speed boats to transport cannabis across the Mediterranean.
Spain is also close to several South American countries that are involved in cocaine manufacturing. Authorities sentenced members of a trans-Atlantic collaboration plotting to deliver 123 million dollars (US$ 126.8 million) of cocaine from Brazil in homemade semi-submersible vessels, dubbed "narcosubmarines," in February this year.
Drones that are submersible smuggling drones
The smugglers topped themselves and constructed three uncrewed vessels, each capable of ferrying 440 pounds (220 kg) of drug across the Strait. While one of these vessels was completely constructed, the other two were under construction when the authorities discovered them.
The group of members who formed fake boat bottoms and hidden storage compartments for automobiles and trailers was now developing marine drones, according to the 14-month investigation, which was conducted in collaboration with the French police. Six aerial drones, each with a capacity to fly over 18 miles (30 km), were also discovered.
Besides 320 pounds (145 kg) of hashish, 17.67 pounds (8 kg) of marijuana, and 157,370 pounds (US$162,200) of cash were also taken during the arrests.