British woman in her 60s among 16 arrested on Costa del Sol
A British woman in her 60s, found with more than 350,000 euros in her house, has been arrested for being one of the ringleaders of a drugs gang based on the Costa del Sol.
Police say other Brits are suspected of being involved in the organisation which sent huge amounts of hashish from Morocco to Europe, mainly the UK and Switzerland, hidden inside cars.
When one of the deliveries was intercepted in Switzerland, more than 20kg of hash was found in the gap where the airbag should have been. Other cars were found with false compartments.
Spanish police have arrested 16 people in total but the number of Brits, over above the woman, has not been specified.
Five points of sale have been dismantled in the town of Nerja, with police seizing 358,645 euros in cash, 1,000 pounds sterling, 558 kilograms of hashish, two kilos of marijuana, 150 grams of cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms, eleven vehicles, a detonating gun, geolocation devices and computers, as well as equipment for the preparation and distribution of the drugs.
Police said the British woman was in charge of distributing the drugs, operating the system like “an international logistics centre”.
“Her mission was to look for other criminal groups, mainly British, who were interested in buying the drug,” said a spokesman.
“The different drug trafficking organisations left samples of the drugs they had and their corresponding prices. She was found in possession of a wide range of drugs and would later receive the money from the transactions between the two criminal groups.”
“Officers found more than 340,000 euros in cash in her home, money from the various payments made by buyers.”
Proceeds from the drugs sale were laundered through the opening of an illegal sex club.
The drug was introduced directly from the plantations of hashish in Morocco to the western coasts of the province of Malaga.
The 16 people arrested face alleged crimes against public health, membership of a criminal organisation, money laundering, forgery, card theft and prostitution.