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Spanish police dismantle international drug smuggling ring

May 1, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Spanish police dismantle international drug smuggling ring

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Authorities in Spain have disrupted an international drug smuggling ring that utilized high-powered speedboats to transport drugs into Europe by the ton.

Police in Spain and Morocco apprehended thirty members of the criminal outfit dubbed “The Chestnuts,” which are the biggest hash-smugglers in the Spanish province that borders Gibraltar.

The gang used small boats, equipped with 300 horsepower outboard engines, to move the drugs into the country, according to to the Daily Mail.

Each boat had the ability to move three tons of hash, which is a popular type of cannabis.

In a joint operation involving 150 police officers in Spain and Morocco, busted thirty members of the drug ring

The gangsters then used the profits to pay for a lavish lifestyle, purchasing expensive villas, cars and staying in luxury hotels.

Investigators seized 350,000 euros, 16 vehicles, several firearms, and 17 properties worth approximately three million euros across southern Spain and Morocco.

One ton of hash was also discovered, and 24 bank accounts were closed.

The international drug smuggling ring even used infant cots to conceal some of their illicit proceeds.

The group had a comprehensive infrastructure that gave them the ability to distribute tons of hash to other criminal gangs in Linea de Concepcion, the Spanish town located close to Gibraltarian border.

In a statement, Spanish police said: “The drivers carrying the narcotic would take them to hiding places, known as coves or nurseries. They had been ordered to attack any vehicle that attempted to intercept them, whether police or drug dealers. ”

The operation involved over 150 officers in Morocco and Spain.

Heavily-armed agents, backed by a helicopter with an infrared camera, were filmed as they raided one of the residences.

A spokesperson for the Royal Gibraltar Police said that while they were not involved in the probe, they would be “eager and keen” to assist if needed.

Spain is a common destination for drugs arriving in Europe because of its proximity to Africa, long shorelines, and language similarity with Latin America.

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