WATCH: Gang of drug smugglers turned migrant traffickers held in Spain

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FOUR people have been arrested in the Spanish overseas territory of Ceuta, for trafficking migrants to the mainland in speedboats normally used in the drug’s trade.
A Civil Guard union confirmed last month that narcos in the south of the country had moved into the ‘lucrative’ business of migrant trafficking as an increasing number of people attempt to reach Europe from Africa, via Spain.
Police allege the four detainees led a gang in Ceuta that took migrants, specifically Algerians, across the Mediterranean to the mainland.
It has been reported they charged between €1,800 and €2,000 per person per trip, earning a profit of around €26,000 each vessel.
A source claims the profits of the ‘organisation’ were such that those involved ‘devoted themselves to this criminal field rather than that related to drugs’.
According to data from the International Organisation for Migration, more than 40,000 migrants have reached Spain by sea since the beginning of the year, with a further 398 dying in the process.
This is more than three times as many as during the same period last year.


 

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
She has been in journalism for more than 20 years, having worked for local newspapers in the Midlands, UK, before relocating to Spain in 1990.
Since arriving, the mother-of-one has made her home on the Costa Blanca, while spending 18 months at the EWN head office in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol.
She loves being part of a community that has a wonderful expat and Spanish mix, and strives to bring the latest and most relevant news to EWN’s loyal and valued readers.

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