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Police Raids Drug trafficking gang busted in Spain as €6m worth of property, watches and cars seized

The criminal network was involved in large-scale drug trafficking, mainly of cocaine and hash, and money laundering.


Spanish, French, and Belgian police have dismantled a drug trafficking gang and seized more than €6 million worth of property, luxury watches, and cars after a number of raids.

The criminal network was involved in large-scale drug trafficking, mainly of cocaine and hash, and money laundering.

17 people, including the alleged gang leader, were arrested during a series of 16 raids in Cadiz, Barcelona, and Galicia.

The alleged leader of the organisation is believed to be one of the biggest importers of cocaine and hash from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula, The Olive Press reports.

He was arrested by Spanish police while coordinating a drug trafficking operation at sea.

Two of the other men arrested had international warrants out against them in relation to the seizure of one tonne of cocaine in Morocco in 2018.

In addition to the arrests, police seized 10 luxury watches worth approximately €2.1 million, 8 properties worth approximately €1.9 million, 26 cars valued at roughly €1 million, more than €1 million in cash, a boat worth an approximate €100,000, 760 lottery tickets with a value of €15,200, a number of smartphones, a selection of electronic equipment, and a banknote counter.

A total of 33 bank accounts were also frozen.

The criminal gang had created an extensive network of front companies used to launder the drug-trafficking profits, including two restaurants in Barcelona.

They also paid for luxury boats and cars in cash to avoid a paper trail.

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