By John Smith • 14 July 2020 • 11:03
IT is no secret that with its close proximity to Morocco the southern most tip of Spain is a popular drop off point for drug smugglers and only last week, videos appeared on social media showing drugs being unloaded on an Estepona beach.
The Guardia Civil fight a tireless battle against the import of drugs and money associated with their sale and after a two-year investigation, 450 officers from the Algeciras command centre arrested 59 alleged money launderers and are still examining a further 43.
After establishing that in excess of €35 million has been laundered, officers acted to raid properties across the Campo with the majority being in the town of La Linea de la Concepcion which sits just across the border with Gibraltar.
150 vehicles valued in excess of €1 million were seized alongside 60 properties said to be worth €16 million, 200 bank accounts were blocked and €550,000 in cash was impounded.
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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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