Police smash Costa Blanca cocaine smuggling ring

7th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

7 December 2006 , ALICANTE — Spanish and Portuguese police broke up an international ring that smuggled cocaine into Europe, arresting 24 people in both countries and seizing 140 kilos of the drug, police officials said on Thursday.

7 December 2006

ALICANTE — Spanish and Portuguese police broke up an international ring that smuggled cocaine into Europe, arresting 24 people in both countries and seizing 140 kilos of the drug, police officials said on Thursday.

They also raided a laboratory the group set up in Madrid for processing the cocaine, which had previously been impregnated in clothing or concealed inside pieces of wood and taken from South America to Portugal.

The ring used people recruited in Portugal and financed their trips from Alicante in Spain to South American countries to pick up the drug.

The police operation was carried out after several people who served as couriers for the cocaine were arrested at airports in Rio de Janeiro, Lima and Amsterdam. All of the detainees were of Portuguese origin and had begun their journey at the Alicante airport, the officials said.

At the lab in Madrid, a Colombian chemist was responsible for processing and cutting the drug, as well as extracting the cocaine that was impregnated in clothing.

The 24 people now in custody include 14 Spanish citizens, seven people of Portuguese origin, a Colombian, an Argentine and an Italian.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

 

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