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Police in Spain seize 2.7 tonnes of hashish
This undated handout photo released on September 14, 2016 by Guardia Civil shows bales of hashish at the Cartagena seaport seized by Spanish Civil Guard off the Spanish Murcia region coast. The Spanish Civil Guard said on September 14, 2016 they seized this weekend 14.5 tons of hashish and arrested two people, one Bulgarian and one Dutchman, aboard a sailboat sailing off the southeast Spanish coast of Murcia region. / AFP PHOTO / Guardia Civil / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / GUARDIA CIVIL " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Police in Spain seize 2.7 tonnes of hashish

A three-year joint operation by Spanish and Italian police has resulted in the seizure of 2.7 tonnes of hashish in the Spanish region of Andalusia.

Forty-four people have been arrested and more than 70,000 euros weres seized, along with illegal firearms.

Those arrested were mostly suspected members of the Italian ‘Ndrangheta group and the Spanish “Los Castanas Clan”.

They face several charges, including belonging to a criminal organisation, money laundering, bribery, possession of illegal weapons and possession of false documents.

Italian police have been cracking down on Mafia groups in recent years, claiming particular success against the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta.