Spain’s location makes it a pathway for North African narcos moving drugs to Europe as mere 9 miles separates Morocco from Spain’s coast. A speed boat under the cover of night can cross the Straits of Gibraltar in a matter of minutes.
In 2019, over 21,000 kilos cocaine were intercepted by Spanish authorities. Though this set a new enforcement record, experts see it as an indicator of growth in drug trafficking through Spain.
The Spanish Gate takes an in-depth look at how the Iberian nation became a major gateway for narcotics, the methods used by smugglers and cartels and the efforts of law enforcement, activists and municipalities vying to solve this problem.