Spanish police seize large drone used to carry drugs from Morocco
Those were the characteristics of an enormous drone that was put on show earlier this week by the National Police in the southern Spanish province of Málaga, in the Andalusia region. The latest surprising seizure made by the authorities involves an organization of French drug traffickers who were looking to establish themselves on the Costa del Sol.The criminal gang used the aircraft to transport drugs from Morocco to the small town of Almáchar. "We've never seen a drone this big used for this purpose," said Pedro Luis Bardón, from the National Police's airborne resources unit. These are two of the factors that the police used to confirm the existence of the device. The drug gang was flying the drone using an electronic system that relayed the exact takeoff and landing points, and used waypoints - i.e. places during the flight where it had to change course. The drone can be dismantled to facilitate its transport, and was located by the authorities in a house being used as a storage location for narcotics outside Almáchar in the Axarquía area. Operation Piñas, which led to the seizure of the drone, began last month when Udyco detected the French gang, who were also being tracked by police in their home country.