Police smash Bulgarian cocaine gang
15 February 2005, MADRID- Spanish police seized 819 kilogrammes of high-grade cocaine and smashed a Bulgarian drug smuggling ring based on the southern Costa del Sol.
15 February 2005
MADRID- Spanish police seized 819 kilogrammes of high-grade cocaine and smashed a Bulgarian drug smuggling ring based on the southern Costa del Sol.
Police arrested 12 suspected drug traffickers and seized EUR 700,000 euros (USD 1m) in cash, as well as a firearm in operations carried out on the Costa del Sol and also in the eastern city of Barcelona.
The ministry said four Bulgarians belonging to "one of the main criminal organisations" of that country had been arrested with the remaining suspects identified as Spanish, Czech and Hungarian.
The ministry added that the traffickers had transported the "very pure" cocaine haul in a converted BMW with a false bottom which could be opened electronically and in which they had stashed up some 80 kilos of the drug at a time.
A specially-created police unit designed to crack down on drugs trafficking, prostitution and money laundering around Marbella on the Costa del Sol, carried out the raids.
The ministry welcomed the level of cooperation received from Bulgarian police.
Spain is the main European point of entry for cocaine from South America.
Interior Minister Jose Antonio Alonso said dismantling organised crime groups was "a top government security priority" and called on the European Union to take a tougher line on eastern European immigration.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news