Three police arrested in Spain drugs bust

7th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

The three officers and a lawyer are among part of a drug trafficking ring that imports drugs from South America.

Madrid – Spanish police said Monday they had smashed a drug trafficking ring with the arrest of eight people, including three police officers, and the seizure of 815 kilogrammes (1,800 pounds) of cocaine.

Among those detained was a lawyer who ran the operation from the port of Vigo in the northwestern region of Galicia, police said.

"The detainees imported the drug from South America and... ensured its entry into Spain," the police statement said.

The three detained police worked at the port of Marin in Galicia, where the drugs entered Spain through a front company importing frozen shrimps.

Police said they began their investigation, which was carried out in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Administration and Chilean police, into the trafficking ring a year ago.

With a maze of coves, caves and inlets dotting its undeveloped coastline, Galicia has long been a smuggler's paradise.

Spain's proximity to north Africa, a key source of hashish, and its close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it an important gateway into Europe for drug traffickers.

AFP / Expatica

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