Guardia pounce on European car theft gang

10th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

10 August 2004, MADRID - Fifteen people have been arrested and 37 vehicles confiscated in an operation by the Guardia Civil against a gang accused of smuggling stolen vehicles from the European Union to Morocco.

10 August 2004

MADRID -  Fifteen people have been arrested and 37 vehicles confiscated in an operation by the Guardia Civil against a gang accused of smuggling stolen vehicles from the European Union to Morocco.

The raid took place in the Spanish North African enclave of Melilla, where investigations into the trafficking in cars began eight months ago the Guardia said on Tuesday.

The string of arrests came after two cars were spotted driving off a ferry. Both vehicles had been reported stolen in France.

The Guardia said the vehicles were tracked to a warehouse in Melilla where they were due to be fitted with false number plates and then driven into Morocco.

When the Guardia moved in to arrest members of the gang, they had to face a barrage of stones and other objects being thrown at them.

Further charges of public disorder are expected to be brought against several persons, the Guardia added.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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