Police break up trade in stolen luxury cars

18th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

18 May 2006, MADRID — As Spain struggles to deal with hundreds of illegal immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands from Mauritania, a very different trade is underway in the opposite direction – luxury cars.

18 May 2006

MADRID — As Spain struggles to deal with hundreds of illegal immigrants arriving in the Canary Islands from Mauritania, a very different trade is underway in the opposite direction – luxury cars.

The Spanish Guardia Civil in the Canary Islands have recovered seven luxury cars which were stolen in six mainland cities and were bound for the West African country.

The cars were hidden in containers and were discovered on a boat bound from Barcelona, via Gran Canaria to Nuadibu in Mauritania.

Five cars and two 4x4s were stolen in Valencia, Barcelona, Alicante, Malaga, Tarragona and Vitoria.

They had been fitted with false plates and were to be re-sold in Mauritania.

One Italian national has been arrested.

Meanwhile, more than 1,500 illegal immigrants have arrived in the Canary Islands from Mauritania and other Western African countries since last week, leaving authorities unable to cope.

The government launched emergency measures to try to repel any more would-be migrants who arrive in the islands.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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