THIS last week has seen a great deal of activity for Gibraltar customs officers on both land and sea with a number of arrests and seizures.
First, officers chased a suspect vehicle which they believed contained contraband tobacco and the occupants having abandoned the vehicle and making a getaway by sea left behind 200 cartons of cigarettes which were removed from the stationary vehicle.
Secondly, a marine crew on routine patrol in offshore waters challenged a Jet Ski manned by three individuals and when they searched the craft, they discovered 1.5 kilos of cannabis resin.
All three men were arrested and charged with importing a controlled drug but when interviewed at the police station, one was also charged with illegal entry into Gibraltar whilst a second was further charged with assisting illegal immigration.
All of those arrested were remanded in custody prior to a court appearance.
Having removed cigarettes and drugs from alleged criminals, officers also confiscated cash totalling €4,540 considered to have been obtained contrary to the Proceeds of Crime Act