Spanish police arrest gang of Polish drug traffickers on Spain’s Costa Blanca with ‘military training’ who tried to smuggle cannabis into the UK

Spanish police have arrested a gang of Polish drugs traffickers with ‘military training’ who used high-end vehicles stolen from Britain and smuggled their narcotics into the UK. 

According to Daily Mail detectives have said that five of the 11 luxury vehicles they were using, had been reported stolen in the UK at the end of last year. The leader of the gang described by police as a ‘dangerous organisation specialising the production and genetic modification of marijuana,’ used a high-end vehicle which had been stolen in Manchester.

Civil Guard officers in Costa Blanca where the arrests took place, were not able to offer any additional information on why the gang chose to use vehicles stolen from the UK. However it was confirmed that Britain was one of the destinations for their smuggled drugs along with Holland, France and Poland. 

According to police most of the 13 Polish nationals arrested have already served prison time in their home countries and have described some as fugitives and former soldiers, whilst others have been identified as football hooligans as they have previously received bans on football stadiums. 

A spokesman for the Civil Guard in Alicante said: ‘The Civil Guard has arrested 13 people and placed two more under investigation as part of an operation called Extinde. The detainees are suspected of belonging to an international criminal gang. Three thousand marihuana plants have been seized during 11 raids and 11 high-end vehicles, five of which were stolen in the UK, have been confiscated along with three pistols with silencers.’ 

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