With the assistance of the Portuguese Navy and Air Force, Portuguese Police located and intercepted a 79-foot yacht at sea. When they boarded the yacht, they found 183 bales of cocaine on board.
According to a report from USA TODAY, the bales contained around 5.2 metric tons of cocaine, with a street value estimated to be around $232 million. Police say this was the biggest haul they’ve seen in at least 15-years. Police believe the cocaine belonged to an International drug-trafficking gang that was bringing cocaine into Europe through the Iberian Peninsula.
The operation involved police from Portugal, Spain, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), and the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA). Authorities are expected to release further details at a later time.