Wanted drugs smuggler arrested in Estepona

ONE of Europe’s most powerful hashish smugglers was arrested in Estepona, National Police said.

The arrest of the 33-year-old man was part of an operation against drug traffickers based in Huelva in which more than 3,620 kilos of hashish were seized from a pneumatic boat at a shipyard in Isla Cristi   na, Huelva.

The two men on board were dressed as Guardia Civil officers so as not to arouse suspicion. They were arrested along with eight others.

The criminal organization smuggled drugs to Spain via Malaga and Huelva from Morocco.

Two days later, National Police the leader of the organization, who had a prison order against him from 2010 for drug-related crimes, was arrested in Estepona.

He is considered by police to be one of Europe’s most powerful drug barons.

In the operation, police seized 100 mobile phones, documents, three computers, four vehicles, a jet-ski, a motorbike, two satellite phones, six GPS devices and €27,000 in cash. The documents led to the arrest last month of a Guardia Civil officer who allegedly provided the gang with information on vehicles and their owners.

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