The bust was the result of a joint investigation by Spanish authorities and the Faro and Portimão PJ police branches.

At least 40 people were detained and around ten tons of hashish seized.

The network reportedly used the Algarve coast to position speedboats, which would fetch hashish from Morocco or other vessels on the high seas. The drug would later be unloaded in Spain. The speedboats would be transported by land, in trucks, back to the Algarve, and left on docks in the region.