Extortion gang targets Barca boss

2nd March 2004, Comments 0 comments

2 March 2004, BARCELONA – A leading member of the security team at Barcelona FC was arrested along with three ex-policemen in connection with an investigation into extortion and drug-trafficking, police said Tuesday.

2 March 2004

BARCELONA – A leading member of the security team at Barcelona FC was arrested along with three ex-policemen in connection with an investigation into extortion and drug-trafficking, police said Tuesday.

The security official works for Prosegur, the company contracted to provide security for the football club.

The investigation is part of a probe into a gang involved in extortion and drug dealing.

So far 26 people have been arrested.

Police said Tuesday the latest arrests could bring to an end the number of people detained in relation to the investigation.

The security boss, who has not been named, allegedly fed information to the gang who were involved in making threats to the president of Barcelona FC Joan Laporta.

He was said to have told other gang members about the movements of Laporta.

Another member of the Prosegur security team has also been arrested in relation to the investigation.

The three ex-policemen worked in Tarrasa near Barcelona and in Madrid.

Officials from Prosegur said they were it was studying the police investigation in relation to the arrest of their two employees.

Seven of those arrested have  been linked to hooligans who support Barcelona FC and call themselves  'Boixos Nois' – Mad Boys or The Casuals.

Police said there were three gangs of extortionists who used the same 'modus operandi'.

They would contact arrange to buy drugs  but when they met their victims, they would arrive armed and  pose as members of the Guardia Civil, with identification papers.

They would threaten to arrest their victims and steal the drugs.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
                                                Subject: Spanish news

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