Making a quick jet away! Mafia drugs trafficker is caught trying to smuggle more than £1.7million worth of marijuana on JET SKIS near Italy
- Police chopper saw jet skis travel from Albania towards Italy at night
- Cops chased traffickers for 20 minutes before one dismounted
- Other man eventually handed himself in just off coast of Bari, south Italy
- In total more than 200kg of marijuana recovered from jet skis and sea
This is the shocking moment that a mafia drugs trafficker was caught trying to smuggle more than £1.7million worth of marijuana, while riding on jet skis.
The jet skis were picked up on camera by a police chopper as they travelled across the Mediterranean sea from Albania towards Italy, in the dead of night.
And, after being tipped off by coastguards, cops raced to the scene to stop the criminals in their tracks.
The police chased the jet skis for around 20 minutes before one man dismounted and made a break for the coast.
However, the other trafficker remained defiant and stayed on the water, where cops circled him until he eventually gave in and was arrested.
The men were captured just off the coast of Bari, in southern Italy – where the notorious Sacra Corona Unita mafia gang are based.
The jet skis were picked up on camera by a police chopper as they travelled across the Mediterranean sea from Albania
After being tipped off by coastguards, cops raced to the scene to stop the criminals in their tracks.
However, prior to this, they were both seen throwing several packets of drugs into the sea, which were later recovered by police and found to be marijuana.
Alongside this, police also found more packets of the drug taped to the back of the vehicles.
A police spokesperson from Bari, told The Sun: ‘This was a dangerous operation given the fact it was night time and the traffickers were travelling at high speed across the water.
‘Through the skill of the officers involved we were able to intercept them and arrest them. In total more than 200 kg of marijuana was recovered from the sea and the scooters.
‘The street value was well in excess of two million Euro (£1.7million) and the arrested men were Albanian nationals who are known to the Italian authorities.
‘They have been charged with drugs trafficking and several violations of maritime safety.’