Marseille Mafiosi on trial in Malaga |Crime Scene Spain: "dangerous mafia gang from Marseille. The gang, with French nationality but originally from Algeria, attempted to hijack a French police van with a helicopter to rescue one of its members.
They will soon be on trial in Malaga Provincial Court for drug trafficking, document forgery and owning an arsenal of forbidden military weapons which they kept hidden in chalets in Coin, Marbella and Benahavis, which was discovered in a police operation codenamed Arenal in 2007.
During the operation police were able to see that the men were constantly armed when they were in the house, even when they used the toilet.
One of them has sentences pending against him in France which amount to 35 years, he was arrested in Benahavis. Another two men, aged 25 and 24, one with an extensive criminal record and the other sentenced for drug trafficking were arrested in Marbella, and a fourth man was arrested in Mijas.
Officers confiscated six guns, two revolvers, ammunition, silencers, bullet-proof jackets, six stolen cars, 1,500 kilos of hashish, a money counter, false documents and large sums of money."