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Spainish authorities seizes 1.2 tons of cocaine, dismantle ‘international drug trafficking network’

November 14, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Spainish authorities seizes 1.2 tons of cocaine, dismantle ‘international drug trafficking network’

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National authorities in Spain have made a large cocaine bust and destroyed a Spanish-British drug trafficking network, referred to as “one of the most active in Europe.”

The 1.2-ton cocaine bust is among the largest ever confiscated by authorities on Spanish soil, according to the Policia Nacional.

Three British and two Spanish individuals were taken into custody in Granada and Guip├║zcoa for their roles in the drug trafficking network, Locales reported.

The network smuggled large amounts of cocaine into northern Spain, then later brought it to the south where a “business infrastructure” was in place to use as a front for further transporting the drug by either sending it in small amounts to the UK or to other criminal groups in Spain.

The truck police raided. Photo: Policia Nacional

Professional truck drivers were used to help transport the drugs, who concealed them among their legal cargo and stuck to standard routes to evade attention. However, authorities noticed that one of the drivers, a British citizen, had increased security while working a route towards the UK.

When the driver arrived in Granada to offload the drugs with the help of two other members of the organization, police acted in and arrested them. Officials discovered 483 parcels with a total of 531 kilos of cocaine in the truck.

Three other members of the ring were later apprehended in Zarautz, where police, with the help of an excavator, dug up 678 kilos of the drug buried by the group. On top of that, police also discovered an abandoned building being used to produce marijuana.

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