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Authorities arrest Spain’s “Pablo Escobar” with 43 Associates

February 15, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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Spanish officials apprehended Sito Miñanco one of the top drug kingpins alleged to be responsible for the distribution of large amounts of cocaine throughout Europe.

The European cartel was reportedly headed by a narco identified as Sito Miñanco, who smuggled tons of drugs and laundered the profits, according to Spain’s El Pais.

As a result of the large-scale probe, Spanish authorities managed to seize over five tons of drugs, arrest 43 suspects, seize 171 properties, five vessels, and freeze 139 bank accounts. The primary target of the investigation was Jose Ramon Prado Bugallo, who is also known as Sito Miñanco, the head of a criminal group with links in Colombia, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Holland.

The man who is often described as Spain’s Pablo Escobar launched his criminal career in the 1980s as a bootlegger and ultimately transitioned into drug trafficking.

He was arrested in 1991 for drug trafficking and served seven years behind bars.

In 2001, he was back in jail after being implicated in a smuggling attempt where his team tried to transport close to nearly four tons of cocaine on a ship. He spent ten years behind bars and was placed on a supervised release of sorts where he only had to spend nights in a facility.

According to Spanish officials, Sito Miñanco managed to control his associates despite his sentence and increased the cartel across two continents. The criminal group was moved large quantities of cocaine into Spain using ships and also used a sophisticated money laundering techniques in the shipping and vessel trades.

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