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Masked gang storm hospital in Spain to free head of international drug trafficking network

February 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Masked gang storm hospital in Spain to free head of international drug trafficking network

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Approximately 20 people raided a hospital in southern Spain and released the alleged head of an international drug trafficking network who had been wounded in a motorcycle crash as he attempted to evade arrest.

The two officers who were guarding the suspect at the hospital in La Linea de la Concepcion did not use their firearms to prevent the situation from turning into a full-scale gun battle, according to a statement issued by the town hall of La Lina.

The suspect was rushed to the hospital for treatment on Tuesday after he was hurt during a police pursuit. Shortly after he arrived at the hospital, roughly 20 people ambushed the facility, grabbed him and escaped in several vehicles, Spanish news outlet La Sexta Notcias reported.

La Linea mayor Juan Franco regularly complains of widespread drug trafficking in the city of roughly 65,000 people which is on the border with Gibraltar, in Spain’s southern tip.

“The enemy is strong, and we will have to think about the adoption of more measures” to combat drug traffickers, he said at a press conference on Wednesday.

During an interview with AFP in 2017, he said there was a feeling of “total impunity” in the city as traffickers work almost openly and do not hesitate to fight police, who complain they are not well-equipped.

Spain’s close proximity to Morocco, a vital source of cannabis, and its close links to former colonies in Latin America, which is a major cocaine-producing region, have made it an important hub for international drug trafficking network.

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