Spanish police smash British drug ring, arrest 12
Police in Spain said Monday they have arrested 12 British nationals suspected of forming part of a group that supplied large amounts of ecstasy and marijuana to resorts on the Mediterranean coast.
The authorities carried out searches of six homes in the southeastern province of Alicante as part of the operation, seizing 53,000 ecstasy pills along with small amounts of cocaine and hashish, police said in a statement.
They also seized over 100 marijuana plants from a well-equipped greenhouse in a hard to reach area near the town of Crevillente as well as a yacht belonging to the suspects that was docked in the port of Torrevieja.
Police said they began their investigation in May after being informed that a group from Liverpool may be trafficking drugs at nighclubs and bars along Spain's southeastern coast.
The group is believed to have smuggled drugs from Britain to Spain by airplane or in false bottoms of cars.
One of the suspects was detained in June as he tried to smuggle over 50,000 designer drug pills in a car which was about to board a ferry in the southern Spanish port of Denia for the holiday island of Ibiza.
Four women are among those arrested. The operation was carried out in cooperation with Britain's Serious Organized Crime Agency.
© 2010 AFP