55kg of cannabis worth €750,000 captured by Police

Three Italian men arrested

Miguela Xuereb

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

A police operation on Wednesday netted in 55kg of cannabis whose street value would be in the region of €750,000. The Police also arrested 3 Italian men in connection with this attempt to smuggle cannabis in Malta. The cannabis was found in different plastic bags hidden in different parts of the boat. The Drug Squad has been keeping surveillance on the movements of a fishing boat for the past weeks.

Members of the Police Drug Squad and Rapid Intervention Unit surrounded the boat and arrested the men as soon as the boat docked at the pier in Marsaskala. One of the men on the boat tried to escape by jumping into the sea but was arrested immediately by the police. They also arrested the other man on the boat as well as a man who was waiting for the arrival of the boat. The three Italian men arrested are aged 34, 35 and 54. All had residency permits in Malta.

The two men, aged 34 and 35, are expected to be arraigned in Court today today, Friday, before the Magistrate Dr. Audrey Demicoli.

 Investigations into this case are ongoing.