Euro Weekly News | Police swoop on British Costa fugitives | Costa del Sol | News | The Largest English Language Newspapers in Spain: "FIFTEEN British-run pubs and bars on the Costa del Sol were raided in a National Police operation codenamed Cardhu. Premises were searched in Marbella, Fuengirola, Calahonda, Torremolinos, Benalmadena and La Cala over four days, in search of some of the most-wanted criminals.
More than 100 British expats and holidaymakers were asked to identify themselves to officers, and three people with outstanding warrants, mostly for drugs offences, were arrested.
A pub owner and a waiter were also taken into custody in Benalmadena for allegedly selling drugs on his premises, which have now been closed.
Police said that the want British fugitives hiding on the Costa “to know this is not a hide-away from justice and they will be tracked down and arrested.”
The operation is not over yet, as British criminals were the first to be targeted but raids will be carried out shortly at known meeting places for criminals of other nationalities.
In 2009, police identified 77 criminal gangs which had settled on the Costa del Sol, according to the Home Office.
One out of eight criminal organizations in Spain is based in Malaga and last year alone, 395 people were arrested in the province."