smugglers

The landing, which took place yesterday (Thursday, 1 January) morning, was made by a boat of the type often used by drug runners. It was reported to the police by local residents, who said that between 40 and 50 people had disembarked on the beach. The Guardia Civil arrested 32 adults and a minor and took them to the Centro de Atención Temporal de Inmigrantes in Motril, where they were given a check-up by Red Cross volunteers before being handed over into the custody of the Policía Nacional, who run the temporary holding centre, for the next 72 hours. The people smugglers also run hashish, but transferring illegal immigrants is more lucrative, as they can charge around €5,000 per person onboard