Spanish police intercepted a submarine apparently transporting drugs in off Galicia, a source with the central government delegation to the region told Reuters.
“Early this morning an international operation was able to locate a small submarine of around 20m near the Hio beach in Pontevedra province,” the source said.
News agency EFE reported the vessel was carrying 3 000kg of cocaine, citing sources from Spain’s Guardia Civil.
The source told Reuters while the submarine appeared to be carrying drugs it was not confirmed. A spokeswoman for the Guardia Civil could not confirm the submarine’s cargo as it was still under water.
Two South American men were detained in the operation run by the Guardia Civil and National Police, while a third escaped, the source said.
Authorities will attempt to refloat the vessel after earlier attempts proved unsuccessful.