total of 18 people have been arrested and two tons of drugs recovered in two police operations in Dénia. A local judge has already decided to send seven of those arrested directly to jail on remand.
The judge in Instruction Court 3 in Dénia ordered that seven people arrested with 1,300 kilos of hashish be sent to jail as part of an operation started under reporting restrictions two months ago in Instruction court 2. The judge released one of those arrested and the final eight will appear before him on Tuesday.
The operation was carried out by the EDOA anti-drug and organised crime team from Alicante, with help from the Calpe judicial police and all the 16 arrested are Spanish, most of them with previous police records.
The arrests were made in Dénia and Ondara in Alicante province, but also in Barcleona and Girona. The gang operated along the Mediterranean coast and hired yachts to travel to Morocco to load up with the drugs.
In the other operation carried out by the National Police UDCO unit 2 from Alicante, two people were arrested at the motorway toll booths on the AP-7 in Dénia accused of moving 10,000 kilos of drugs every month from Almería. Both of the two were ordered to prison by the judge on Monday. One of the two, a 55 year old Spaniard drove a lorry which transported cocaine hidden in wooden planks. The other man, a 50 year old Bulgarian drove a look-out vehicle.