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Joint Police Ops in Spain Yields 2,228 kilos of Narcotics

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A joint police operation in Spain last week saw the arrest of 71 suspects related to an international drug trafficking organization.  They based their operations in the country to transport illegal narcotics from Morocco to Northern Europe.

Spanish and Swedish authorities reported having apprehended a total of at least 2,228 kilos of mixed illegal drugs including hashish, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine, and 55,000 units of a heroin substitute opiate.

Law enforcement officers also nabbed several illegal firearms, weapons, and explosives including AK-47 rifles, a hand grenade, two submachine guns, five compressed air pistols, eight handguns, and 400 cartridges.

Seized illegal drug money and assets were valued, to sum up to more than 16 million euros. 592,000 euros were confiscated in cash. Also, 1.85 million euros in banknotes, around 15 thousand euros in bitcoin wallets, and 14 million euros worth of properties were captured.

The operation began during the last part of 2018 when Swedish law enforcement officers notified Spanish authorities of a suspected illegal drug operation in Spain conducted by Swedish individuals who were persons of interest in the Nordic country for gang-related crimes linked to illegal drugs.

Through the cooperation of the Spanish and Swedish police, it was discovered that Spain has turned into a rendezvous for Swedish international drug trafficking groups looking to acquire narcotics to sell in the Nordic country.

The investigation paved the way for an operational research team created by Europol. The team was tasked to look into the operations of the drug rings. Spanish police also said that Eurojust played a role in conducting a legal inquiry on the matter.

The police operation that ensued consisted of four parts. It started with the monitoring of the drug ring to identify its modus operandi in buying and selling narcotics. Afterward, the illegal drugs found during the raid were stashed in different pieces of furniture.

The second part of the operation involved an arrest against a violent criminal in Europe. Spanish authorities in Madrid nabbed a known European criminal suspected to be linked to the international drug ring and wanted for drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and conspiracy to commit homicide.

The third phase of the law enforcement operation delivered information regarding the mobility corridor and logistical setup of the international criminal group. The group of Swedish and Polish individuals in the drug ring allegedly used modified surfboards that allowed them to smuggle illegal drugs from Morocco to Spain.

In Spain, law enforcement found that the drug ring enforced a Swedish removal company in Alicante and Malaga to transport the illegal drugs from Spain and into Northern Europe.

During the final phase of the operation, operatives were able to tag and seize 23 vehicles and 64 high-value real estate properties and land used by the drug traffickers to launder its money via investments.

Spanish law enforcement released a video recording on Thursday showing the raid that capped the joint operation.

The 71 apprehended individuals are also being investigated for around 50 murders.  These were suspected to be related to debt conflicts in the drug trade.

Joint Police Ops in Spain Yields 2,228 kilos of Narcotics

A joint police operation in Spain last week saw the arrest of 71 suspects related to an international drug trafficking organization.  They based their operations in the country to transport illegal narcotics from Morocco to Northern Europe.

Spanish and Swedish authorities reported having apprehended a total of at least 2,228 kilos of mixed illegal drugs including hashish, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamine, and 55,000 units of a heroin substitute opiate.

Law enforcement officers also nabbed several illegal firearms, weapons, and explosives including AK-47 rifles, a hand grenade, two submachine guns, five compressed air pistols, eight handguns, and 400 cartridges.

Seized illegal drug money and assets were valued, to sum up to more than 16 million euros. 592,000 euros were confiscated in cash. Also, 1.85 million euros in banknotes, around 15 thousand euros in bitcoin wallets, and 14 million euros worth of properties were captured.

The operation began during the last part of 2018 when Swedish law enforcement officers notified Spanish authorities of a suspected illegal drug operation in Spain conducted by Swedish individuals who were persons of interest in the Nordic country for gang-related crimes linked to illegal drugs.

Through the cooperation of the Spanish and Swedish police, it was discovered that Spain has turned into a rendezvous for Swedish international drug trafficking groups looking to acquire narcotics to sell in the Nordic country.

The investigation paved the way for an operational research team created by Europol. The team was tasked to look into the operations of the drug rings. Spanish police also said that Eurojust played a role in conducting a legal inquiry on the matter.

The police operation that ensued consisted of four parts. It started with the monitoring of the drug ring to identify its modus operandi in buying and selling narcotics. Afterward, the illegal drugs found during the raid were stashed in different pieces of furniture.

The second part of the operation involved an arrest against a violent criminal in Europe. Spanish authorities in Madrid nabbed a known European criminal suspected to be linked to the international drug ring and wanted for drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and conspiracy to commit homicide.

The third phase of the law enforcement operation delivered information regarding the mobility corridor and logistical setup of the international criminal group. The group of Swedish and Polish individuals in the drug ring allegedly used modified surfboards that allowed them to smuggle illegal drugs from Morocco to Spain.

In Spain, law enforcement found that the drug ring enforced a Swedish removal company in Alicante and Malaga to transport the illegal drugs from Spain and into Northern Europe.

During the final phase of the operation, operatives were able to tag and seize 23 vehicles and 64 high-value real estate properties and land used by the drug traffickers to launder its money via investments.

Spanish law enforcement released a video recording on Thursday showing the raid that capped the joint operation.

The 71 apprehended individuals are also being investigated for around 50 murders.  These were suspected to be related to debt conflicts in the drug trade.

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