Police break up European drug trafficking ring

15th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

MADRID, Dec 15, 2006 (AFP) - Police across Europe have broken up a vast drug trafficking network, arresting 90 people in coordination with US and Colombian authorities, Spain's interior ministry said.

MADRID, Dec 15, 2006 (AFP) - Police across Europe have broken up a vast drug trafficking network, arresting 90 people in coordination with US and Colombian authorities, Spain's interior ministry said.

The network included representatives of Italy's Neapolitan mafia, the Camorra, as well as citizens of Colombia, Spain, France and Bulgaria, the ministry said in a statement.

It said 29 of the suspected traffickers were held in Spain, 40 in Italy, 20 in France and one in Germany.

The operation, carried out in coordination with the Colombian police and the US Drug Enforcement Administration, is continuing and "other arrests are not ruled out", the Spanish statement said. It did not indicate when the operation, called "Tiro Grosso", was launched.

The interior ministry said the network "was mainly involved in supplying the clans that operate on Italian territory."

Italian authorities froze assets valued at around 14.5 million euros (19 million dollars).

Large quantities of drugs were seized: 4.8 tonnes of hashish and 950 kilogrammes of cocaine in Spain, 1.4 tonnes of hashish and 14 kilogrammes of cocaine in Italy, 90 kilogrammes of cocaine in France and 120 kilogrammes of cocaine in Germany.

Among the 29 people arrested in Spain, six — three Italians, two Colombians and a Spaniard — were ordered remanded in custody.

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