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Gang which smuggled hashish into Spain “led by Brits” 

Agents of the National Police have dismantled a criminal group settled in the Malaga towns of Marbella and Estepona dedicated to introducing hashish in Spain through nautical vessels for subsequent distribution to other points.

In this operation against drug trafficking, eleven people – nine men and two women of British, Moroccan and Spanish nationality – have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a crime of drug trafficking and another of belonging to a criminal group.

Nearly seven tons of hashish have been seized, one kilo of cocaine, 5.4 grams. of MDMA, 222,720 euros in cash, 995 pounds sterling, 900 Moroccan dirhamns and a firearm with cartridges, nine vehicles, 25 mobile phones, a GPS device, a frequency inhibitor, a bill counting machine, three precision scales and two vacuum packaging machines among other effects.

The investigation began last March. The agents were aware of the existence of a group of people, of Moroccan and Spanish nationality, who formed a criminal organisation dedicated to introducing narcotic substances into Spain through nautical vessels.

At the end of May, the investigators detected one of those investigated when he was on board a vehicle in Estepona (Málaga). He was eventually arrested and found to be carryingseveral bales of hashish.

The next day, another of the investigated was located in San Pedro de Alcántara (Málaga). He was stopped in a van which had 35 bales of hashish.

In the course of the efforts to identify the members of the criminal group, the police located a group of people from the United Kingdom and Ireland and verified that it was the ringleader and four other members of the organisation. After confirming their involvement in the criminal activity they were arrested.

A few days ago, the agents carried out the last phase of the operation and arrested four other members of the organisation.