By Oisin Sweeney • 23 November 2020 • 7:47
SEVILLE’S Guardia Civil have seized 200 kilos of drugs in a crackdown against a cannabis trafficking gang.
Seven people were arrested when police found 155 kilos of cannabis and another 60 kilos of hashish at a warehouse in Montequinto, a suburb of Seville 9 km south of the city. The suspects are three Italians, one Portuguese national, and three Spaniards. The drugs were concealed in pallets of vegetables bound for Rome and Bari in Italy. Police also seized several vehicles and raided a home in Palomares del Rio, a small town 15km southwest of Seville, where the Italians had been staying.
The operation against the alleged smuggling gang was launched when police noticed several foreign nationals traveling regularly between warehouses in La Algaba, in the north of Seville, and Montequinto. Despite the regular van journeys, there was no clear sign of any clear economic activity on the industrial sites.
Surveillance showed that the vans were transporting palettes of vegetables, later found to contain the 200 kilos of drugs, using fake number plates and employing lookout vehicles in an effort to avoid police. All seven suspects are currently in custody as the investigation continues.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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