Police arrest one of world’s biggest hashish suppliers
The trafficker is believed to supply 10 percent of the hashish consumed in Spain.25 April 2008
CEUTA - Police officials in Ceuta announced on Thursday that they have detained Mohamed T.A., nicknamed El Nene, one of the world's biggest hashish traffickers.
The police estimate that 10 percent of the hashish consumed on the Spanish market was supplied by him.
He is also wanted by Moroccan authorities for bribery, fraud and for escaping from prison.
The suspect had escaped in December from the Kenitra maximum-security prison in Morocco, where he had been serving an eight-year term since August 2003. His escape was made possible by the help of a number of prison guards whom he bribed. An international warrant for his arrest was issued on 18 December through Interpol by Moroccan authorities.
Mohamed T.A., a Moroccan national, was detained by police after he stopped while driving in Ceuta with a car registered in his brother's name.
The police have been on El Nene's trail ever since he was a teenager. There were also times when helicopters and motorboats were used to apprehend the drug dealer, who transported hashish to Spain aboard speedboats.
Drug trafficking has been a lucrative business for El Nene, allowing him to amass a fortune of over EUR 30 million, according to police estimates.
[El Pais / Expatica]