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In an operation which remains open, the National Police force, with the cooperation of a Spanish Navy vessel, have intercepted a sailing boat in Canarian waters, 12 miles east of La Palma, which was carrying 500 kilos of cocaine. The two crew, a Cuban and and Austrian, resident in Fuerteventura, have been detained.
In the south of Tenerife, in an operation codenamed Oriente, a total of 9 people have been arrested by National Police officers and charged with various offences including break-in and robbery, the theft of vehicles, robbery with violence and intimidation, and drug trafficking, which was carried out in the interior of a nightclub. The operation began when it became known that cocaine was being supplied to clients at the club. A contact would wait in a car parked close to the club, and on receipt of a phone call, would deliver the drugs in the doses requested. Payment was often made by credit card, and the buyers would discover some days later that their cards had been charged twice for their purchases. Others related with the same club were caught threatening a person with a gadget which would give an electric shock, and stealing various effects. They had also stolen a car using this method.
In the ongoing saga relating to the
electricity supply in the south of Tenerife, the Canarian Government has
received notification from Madrid that Central Government is not willing
to pay for the new power supply cable to be installed underground between
Granadilla and Guia de Isora, due to its high cost. This reopens the
debate over the most appropriate route, for which the local government
wishes to find a solution as soon as possible. The idea of installing it
parallel to the motorway has not been discarded, provided it can be
financed by the Cabildo, Ayuntamientos and independent businesses, who
will be discussing this matter at length at a meeting planned to take
place this week.
Meanwhile, Unelco-Endesa has stated that it respects the decision of the Alcalde of Guia de Isora, denying the licence for the continuation of works to install two turbines close to the Los Pajales sub-station. However, work goes ahead to prepare the land for these turbines which have cost the company 21 million euros.
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