During a routine vehicle check in Bigastro, Guardia Civil officers observed a man in a vehicle who braked suddenly and then stepped on the accelerator, speeding past them.
Five hundred metres down the road, the driver got out of the car and ran off on foot. When officers searched the vehicle, they discovered plastic bags containing 900 grams of hashish.
Once the driver heard he had been identified, the 31-year-old Moroccan handed himself in to the police in Jacarilla.
If the local police had been involved - would it have been described as a "joint operation"?