Biggest ever ecstasy haul seized
28 July 2004, MADRID –The biggest haul of ecstasy ever discovered in Spain was seized after a four-month operation, police said Wednesday.
28 July 2004
MADRID –The biggest haul of ecstasy ever discovered in Spain was seized after a four-month operation, police said Wednesday.
Nine kilogrammes of the drug, whose real name is MDMA, was seized by the National Police in Ibiza.
Detectives said it was 90 percent pure and was good enough to manufacture 200,000 pills.
The drug is commonly sold at summer festivals across Spain and on holiday islands such as Ibiza.
Police believe the gang behind the huge haul was about to target the holiday town of San Antonio during the summer, where many 'rave' parties are staged.
The police operation – codenamed Garage - broke up a gang that peddled the ecstasy.
The gang was made up nine people from five Spaniards and four others from the United States, Puerto Rico, Holland and Italy.
Among those arrested was the head of the gang, a 33-year-old Spaniard, who is nicknamed 'El Lechugo'.
Named only as José A.G., he has been under investigation for the past four months on the orders of a judge at Spain's top court, the Audencia Nacional.
It is believed that he previously worked out of Miami, smuggling drugs to Spain.
The gang organised 'human traffickers' to bring the drugs to Spain from Holland.
The cargo was most often ecstasy which was later distributed in Madrid, Valencia and Andalucia in the south of the country.
But in summer, the gang was concentrating its activities in the Balearic Islands, the biggest market for ecstasy, police sources said.
Police said on 21 July they discovered the gang were about to send a consignment of ecstasy to Ibiza. Two people carrying two kilogrammes of this drug were arrested near a hospital on the holiday island..
Later, police seized another seven kilogrammes at a house in the area of Algete on Ibiza.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news