Brit gang facing time in Spain
Source:The Mirror http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/british-drug-gang-accused-flooding-11099196
Spanish cops revealed they had arrested 12 Brits and seized three kilos of cocaine worth around £150,000 following a series of dawn raids.
A British drug gang are in court today accused of flooding Spain with around eight kilos of cocaine a MONTH - which they smuggle in on speedboats.
Police revealed they had arrested 12 Brits and seized three kilos of cocaine worth around £150,000 following a series of dawn raids in Magaluf.
Officers also confirmed they had confiscated other drugs including ecstasy, four vehicles and nearly £100,000 in cash in an operation called Operation Tatum.
Heavily-armed officers, many wearing balaclavas, made most of the arrests on Thursday during raids in the area around Magaluf’s notorious party strip Punta Ballena. Suspects were also held in the Majorcan capital Palma and Barcelona.
The group, which included several women, were ledinto a court buildingin the Majorcan capital Palma for their first appearance before an investigating magistrate.
None of the detainees, believed to be mostly from Manchester and Liverpool, have been named.
Around two kilos of cocaine were found in the boot of a car parked in a garage in Palma and more of the class-A drug was found inside a shoebox.
Local reports today said the gang was selling around eight kilos of cocaine a month and smuggling drugs into Majorca on speedboats they used to go to Barcelona and back in the same day.
Several people working as club and bar reps in Punta Ballena, whose job involves enticing customers in for drinks, are believed to be among those arrested.
Operation Tatum was linked to a major drugs bust last summer in Majorca called Operation Daju, which resulted in the arrest of five Brits and seizure of 4.8 kilos of cocaine.
The Civil Guard said in a statement issued today: “The Civil Guard has arrested 14 people, 13 in Majorca and one in Barcelona, suspected of belonging to a criminal organisation selling drugs in nightspots in Magaluf.
“During the 12 raids that took place, three kilos of high-purity cocaine were seized along with different amount of ecstasy pills, cannabis resin and methamphetamine,€103,000 in cash and four vehicles.
“The operation began as a result of Operation Daju which took place in July last year.”
Confirming 12 Brits were among the 14 arrested, who also include a Spaniard and a man from the Dominican Republic, the force added: “Officers from Britain’s National Crime Agency have cooperated with the Civil Guard to detain the members of this organisation.”