ECHO investigation: why Mersey criminals set up business on the continent - Liverpool Local News - News - Liverpool Echo: "sunshine of the Costa Del Sol also attracts its share of villains as the traditional route for much of Europe’s cannabis shipped in from Morocco.
As one security source said: “Gone are the days when an old bank robber went abroad to lie low, get away from the heat from the UK authorities and spend his ill-gotten gains while topping up his tan.
“It is not Sexy Beast [a crime movie starring Ray Winstone] anymore.
“Now, the people going out to Spain and elsewhere do it to continue in their criminal activity.
“If it happens to be they are on-the-run too, they will only have limited finances available to them and so to keep living in the life they have been become accustomed, they will look to make mon With mobiles and email, the world is a lot smaller than it used to be. Now you can do your business from a warehouse in Fazakerley or a villa on the Costa. Only the location changes, nothing else.”
Ken Gallagher, the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s head of European operations, said: “While Merseyside organised crime gangs may have a significant percentage of what we deal with, that is also true for other parts of the country."
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