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cartel crushed Police dismantle world-wide drug network being operated from command post in Dubai

Authorities seized drugs, vehicles, firearms, cash and several bank accounts during the operation


Police in Brazil, Spain, the US and Paraguay have dismantled a world-wide drug network being operated from a command post in Dubai.

The extensive investigation involved the Brazilian Federal Police (Polícia Federal), Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), the US Drugs Enforcement Administration and the Paraguayan SENAD.

The operation, co-ordinated by Europol, brought down a major criminal organisation involved in large-scale cocaine trafficking and money laundering.


The drugs gang were shipping cocaine to Europe in maritime shipping containers.

The massive investigation led to the discovery of a distribution network based in Valencia and Barcelona which was responsible for receiving the cocaine shipments and circulating them on the European market.


Brazilian and Spanish authorities then intercepted a number of these shipments and identified some of the companies involved in the criminal scheme.

The investigation uncovered the command and control centres of the organisation in Dubai, while production was based in Bolivia with logistical and supply lines in Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Members of the gang were found to be using encrypted communications to supply drugs and launder their criminal assets.


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On February 15th, officers co-ordinated 40 searches in Brazil, Paraguay and Spain which led to 30 arrests.

Authorities seized drugs, vehicles, firearms, cash and several bank accounts in Brazil, Paraguay and Spain.

Since September 2020, authorities from Belgium, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands and Spain have seized about 10 tonnes of cocaine and BRL 11 million (about EUR 1.85 million).

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