Carlos Silla. Here is the name of one of the three men detained on a sailboat that transported more than 5.2 tons of cocaine off the Portuguese coast. He was born in Vilagarcía, province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, Spain. The local press says that “the number of the new generation of Galician drug traffickers has dropped”, as determined by the La Voz de Galicia.
It had been on the run since March 2020. was caught during an operation White Tide. He and two other men – one also of Spanish nationality and the other Peruvian, residing in Spain.
According to Artur Vaz, director of the Unit for Combating Narcotics Trafficking (UNCTE) of the Judiciary Police (PJ), it was the largest seizure of this drug in Portugal in the last 15 years, and it is also the largest amount of cocaine ever seized on a single sailboat worldwide.
According to the same official, the 24 meter sailboat was registered in Spain and the cocaine “did not come especially concealed” in the various divisions of the vessel. The drug will have come from Latin America destined for Europe.
Given the huge amount of cocaine transported (5.2 tons) once landed, would be destined to several European countries, having in this anti-drug operation, the result of judicial cooperation between the Portuguese PJ and its Spanish counterpart participated by means of the Portuguese Navy and Air Force.
The three men detained on the vessel are suspected of being part of a transnational criminal organization dedicated to trafficking large amounts of cocaine between Latin America and the European continent.