Spanish police smash drug, money laundering ring
Five of the nine arrested had Colombian nationality and all were linked to a top Colombian drug trafficker.
MADRID - Five of the nine arrested had Colombian nationality and all were linked to a top Colombian drug trafficker, currently at large, who owned a number of bars and restaurants in the southern Murcia region, a police statement said.
Dubbed "Puente" ("bridge"), the operation took place in Murcia and nearby Alicante, with police seizing some 400,000 euros (523,000 dollars), two luxury cars and another 300,000 euros in bank accounts.
All those questioned sent "large quantities of money in a continuous and systematic manner to Colombia," the statement said.
Spain is the principal port of entry to Europe of cocaine from Latin America, mostly from Colombia.