Cocaine gang smashed in international bust

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6 June 2005, MADRID — An international operation by Spanish, British and German police has cracked a drugs trafficking network partly based in southern Spain.

6 June 2005

MADRID — An international operation by Spanish, British and German police has cracked a drugs trafficking network partly based in southern Spain.

Eleven arrests were made in Spain, Germany, Britain and at sea, the Spanish interior ministry said.

Mostly composed of German smugglers hailing from Berlin, the narcotics ring brought large shipments of cocaine into Europe aboard sailboats from the Caribbean, a ministry statement said.

Six suspects were arrested in Germany, one in Spain and one in Britain.

Another three people were arrested in a Spanish navy raid late last month of a German-flagged sailboat, the Are Nui, in which 113 kilogrammes (250 pounds) of cocaine was confiscated.

Officials seized another 115 kilos of cocaine aboard a second sailboat, the ministry said without elaborating.

For their part, the British authorities confiscated the equivalent of EUR 1.5 million in various currencies, in addition to two kilogrammes (4.4 pounds) of cocaine.

Part of the smuggling operation was based in the Costa del Sol resorts of
Marbella and Estepona in southwestern Spain.

On 31 May, Spain announced that a similar anti-drugs operation mounted in cooperation with Portuguese and British police netted five tonnes of Colombian cocaine.

Spain's largest cocaine haul was 15 tonnes seized by customs staff in July 1999.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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