Tuesday, 5 October 2010

gang supplying drugs to Spain dismantled

SOCA | UK gang supplying drugs to Spain dismantled: "British organised crime group based in Alicante, Spain, has been dismantled by an operation carried out by the Spanish Guardia Civil in partnership with SOCA.

The gang’s primary interest was the drugs trade, encompassing the production, supply and distribution of ‘designer’ substances and cannabis on the Costa Blanca and Ibiza. It had been a major supplier of several other drugs distribution groups, including one taken apart by the Guardia Civil and SOCA under Operation Flécha in August 2010.

Twelve UK nationals, eight male and four female, were arrested in the Torrevieja area of the Costa Blanca on 27 September under Operation Zumo. Another member of the group had previously been apprehended as he tried to traffic around 53,000 pills – believed to be Ecstasy – from the port of Denia to suppliers in Ibiza. The drugs had been concealed in the doors of a car in a bid to avoid detection.

The gang was also involved in money laundering and identity fraud activities."

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