RGP appeals for public's 'eyes and ears' in war on drug trafficking
The Royal Gibraltar Police is asking the public to become its “eyes and ears” in reporting any sightings of fuel containers in order to help in the battle against drug trafficking.
In a statement to the press, a police spokesman said there has recently been several reports of Rigid-Hull Inflatable Boats being refuelled by smaller vessels operating from Gibraltar’s beaches.
“These smaller vessels carry marine fuel, usually in 25 litre plastic containers, out to sea in order to allow the larger drug-carrying RHIBS to continue their criminal work without any delays,” the RGP spokesman continued.
“The RGP is asking the public to report any large quantities of plastic containers which they may see.”
“These containers could be stored in a garage, in a vehicle or elsewhere. It doesn’t matter if they are empty or if they contain fuel – the RGP would be interested in either case.”
In the appeal, the Gibraltar Fire & Rescue Service and the RGP also reminded the public that the storage of large quantities of fuel in garages, workshops, can be extremely dangerous and might pose a serious risk to innocent members of the public.
They said driving around Gibraltar’s roads in a vehicle filled with large quantities of fuel is an accident waiting to happen – and something that should be prevented before anyone gets hurt.
“We hope that the public will act as our eyes and ears,” an RGP spokesman said.
“Anyone who observes a large quantity of these plastic containers is asked to contact the RGP on 20072500 or GFRS on 200 79507.”
“In an emergency, call 199. This information can be provided anonymously – there is no need to give your personal details."