Spanish police seized three metric tons (3.3 U.S. tons) of cocaine aboard a cargo ship in international waters near the Canary Islands and arrested 16 people, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Friday. Special forces and customs officers boarded the Panamanian-flagged ship before dawn Thursday in the culmination of an investigation that began in June 2004.
Police arrested the vessel's 10-man crew and six other men in the Canary Islands and Madrid, the AP says.
The cocaine was packed in 108 bundles and hidden among legitimate cargo in a hard-to-reach storeroom, the ministry said in a statement.
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