Europol dismantles drug 'supercartel' in Europe and Dubai

The Spanish Civil Guard, in coordination with Europol, dismantled a cocaine ‘supercartel’, responsible for a third of the total market for this drug in Europeand arrested 49 people in several countries, among the main capos of the organization.

Among the detainees, thirteen of them in Spain, are people who from Dubai they directed drug trafficking operations between South America and Europe, considered the “drug lords”, who had been settled in this emirate for years, the Civil Guard reported on Monday.

The agents assured more than thirty tons of cocaine in various European ports.

To the six arrested in Dubai and the thirteen in Spain, nine of them Spanish, we must add another thirty in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The organization had established its base in these countries coinciding with the location of the most important European ports, considered the main gateway for drugs into Europe.

From Dubai, where the six “drug lords” of the cartel arrested, the different cells were directed, with the conviction of being in a sanctuary, where they felt untouchable and leading a high standard of living.

The operation began in March 2020 in the Spanish port of Valencia (east), where the organization He intended to introduce 698 kilos of cocaine.

This fact gave rise to a extensive exchange of information with numerous law enforcement agencies in other countries.

It was found that a network had been established in Spain that introduced containers with cocaine in different posts in the country and that they had formed a complex corporate network of real estate investments in the area of ​​the Costa del Sol (south) to launder the benefits obtained from drug trafficking.

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The agents identified the leader of this network, a British citizen linked to the Costa del Sol, that he had to leave Spain when they tried to kidnap him and that he moved to Dubai, from where he continued to direct criminal activities and maintained contacts and drug trafficking businesses with the rest of the “drug lords” based in the emirate.

They also identified the supplier of the drug, a Panamanian citizen also based in Dubai, allegedly responsible for the introduction of cocaine into the port of Manzanillo in Panama and who also maintained contact with the rest of the drug lords in the emirate.

The network had two structures in Spain, the one in charge of extracting drugs in commercial seaports and another for money laundering through companies.

(With information from EFE)

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