'Speedboat drug gang' arrested in Spain

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A hundred suspected members of a gang that ferried hashish and marijuana from Morocco to Spain in high-powered speedboats have been arrested, police say.

The gang allegedly filled their boats with the drugs and headed across the Mediterranean and up the River Guadalquivir near Seville in southern Spain.

During a series of raids, police seized more than five tonnes of hashish and 230kg of marijuana, the Spanish Civil Guard said in a statement.

Some alleged members of the extensive gang were employed to make sure the speedboats, which consume a large amount of fuel, were always ready to use.

Other gang members hid the drugs in trucks carrying fruit which took the illicit merchandise from southern Spain towards France to supply dealers across Europe, police said.

Officers also seized a simulated rifle, a taser gun and five vehicles including two trucks.

The 100 suspects who were arrested will face court at a date to be arranged, police said.