Costa del Sol – CRIME


TWO people have been held accused of selling an illegal and potentially dangerous slimming product.

The two arrested in Marbella by Guardia Civil officers were allegedly selling ‘Reduce Weight’ branded fat-reducing products over the internet.  They are accused of fraud.

Although marketed as a natural medication, the product had been listed by the European Union as potentially hazardous.

The pills contain an ingredient – not stated in the composition – that can lead to heart strokes and brain haemorrhage, say police. During the raids more than 8,500 capsules, around 400 bottles and 600 security seals were seized.



A RUSSIAN woman, aged 27, was held by Local Police in Las Lagunas, Mijas, after allegedly hitting an officer.

The Malaga city resident is also accused of insulting behaviour and threatening to kill the families of the arresting officers.

Police reports state that they found the woman sitting on the floor inside the flat of a Ukrainian man, aged 29.

They both smelt of alcohol and showed signs of violence.  When the officers asked the woman what happened, she suddenly begun to shout abusively, then hit one of the officers.

Neighbours had called police after hearing a furious argument and finding blood on the apartment block’s landing. Police investigations found the couple had been thrown out of the flat by the landlady that night.



TEN drug dens were closed and 17 people arrested during a series of police raids in different parts of Malaga city.

During one of the raids in Calle Hernando Soto, code-named Operation Garbo, four Spaniards and a Bulgarian were held, with cocaine, heroine and marihuana, as well as €475 in cash seized.



FOUR masked robbers are being sought after they burst into a Malaga drink distribution company.

A gun was gun fired in the air to intimidate workers.  One employee tried to escape but was chased by an assailant, and forced back inside.

Other gang members took an undisclosed amount of money before making a get away by car.  Now police are examining video tape of the incident looking for clues. The whole raid lasted 35 seconds as timed by the firm’s security camera.



A MAN has been jailed for six years for hoarding an arsenal of illegal weapons at his Malaga home.

A city court decided that the man was fully aware that he was hiding forbidden guns and ammunition.  Among the weapons seized by the National Police were a machine gun and a semi-automatic handgun.



A MAN was acquitted by Malaga Provincial Court of assaulting his father after the alleged victim failed to attend the trial.

According to a police report, father and son had fought in the family home in Marbella. The father accused his son of pushing him, making him fall on to a bathtub and causing serious lip and mouth injuries, including the loss of two teeth.

As the prosecution was based solely on the father’s report, without him testifying in court the son was declared innocent.



POLICE raiding a suspected drugs den rescued three people who had been kidnapped and tortured for days by a gang of dealers.

Officers who had stopped a woman found two kilos of cocaine in her car.  That led them to the rest of the gang of eight who are alleged to have distributed drugs throughout Almeria, Malaga and Alicante provinces.

During a raid on a Malaga city house,officers found the three victims.  The gang had allegedly held them against their will after accusing them of stealing drugs. Police seized 150 kilos of hashish, four vehicles and €5,000.



A COLOMBIAN man on the run from a German court has been held in Arroyo de la Miel.

The 48 year old was arrested by National Police who discovered he was wanted for the armed robbery of a jeweller’s shop in Bonn. He is facing 15 years in prison. 



A NETWORK that allegedly smuggled drugs to France from the Costa del Sol has been broken up in Benalmadena.

An Algerian man, aged 32, and two French men aged 34 and 32 were held.  A fourth member is being sought.

They are accused of storing the drug in Spain to later take to France using stolen vehicles.

During the raid, 163 kilos of hashish, a gun and three vehicles were confiscated. 

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