Police swoop on drug gang family

OPERATION SUMO: Police seize items and arrest 16.

POLICE have arrested an alleged drugs gang in Torrevieja.

Ten men and six women, all Spaniards and believed to be members of the same family, were arrested as part of ‘Operation Sumo’ for the alleged sale and distribution of drugs throughout the Vega Baja district.

Police launched an investigation last November following complaints from residents believing a drugs distribution gang was in operation in their neighbourhood.

Six simultaneous raids were carried out at the homes of those arrested by specialist agents and drug-sniffing dogs.

Amongst the items seized were 1,268 grams of cocaine, 400 grams of hashish, 64 grams of marijuana, equipment for weighing, cutting and bagging the drugs, large knives, a balaclava, five cars, .45 calibre cartridges, TV’s, computers and mobile phone handsets.

One of those arrested has been arrested on two previous occasions in the last two years for similar crimes, while another is believed to be the head of the organisation which allegedly oversaw the sale of drugs at six points across the Vega Baja.

Those accused are charged with involvement in drug trafficking offences, conspiracy, illegal possession of ammunition and obstruction of justice.

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