By John Smith • 28 February 2016 • 9:18
IN A JOINT operation between the National Police and the Israeli Police, a criminal group allegedly involved in drug trafficking and other criminal activities was raided and 12 people were arrested on February 26 according to a release issued on February 28.
This organisation, which was based primarily in Granada, was in possession of an AK-47 rifle as well as ten handguns which have now been seized, together with two marijuana plantations and five vehicles with altered clocks showing a reduced number of kilometres driven.
The investigation commenced in November 2015 when Spanish officers discovered the existence of a team of criminals in the province of Granada, who were sending “mules” carrying cocaine to Israel.
Thanks to the cooperation of the Israeli police it was deduced that the leader of the group arranging these shipments was a Spanish citizen of Israeli-Arab descent, who lived in Granada which allowed Spanish officers to identify him as well as the other members of the gang.
Understandably, in addition to selling cocaine and marijuana, the group had to ‘launder’ the money earned by acquiring works of art and selling high-end vehicles with ‘doctored’ odometers to increase their value.
Due to the number of people involved in the gang, the various sites and the fear of possible weapon use, the National Police deployed 50 officers making simultaneous raids on the locations involved.
During the course of the arrests, officers found guns, ammunition, knives, anabolic steroids and diverse police equipment including two extending batons, two bullet-proof vests and uniforms as well as €43,774 euros in cash.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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