Costa Blanca gang dismantled after posing as Spanish police officers to rob rival criminals

Costa Blanca gang dismantled after posing as Spanish police officers to rob rival criminals. Image: National Police Elche/Official

A CRIMINAL gang operating in Spain’s Costa Blanca has been dismantled after they had posed as Spanish police officers to rob rival drug gangs.

The National Police in Elche dismantled a criminal group operating in Costa Blanca that specialised in committing “vuelcos” (robberies) of drugs to other drug gangs posing as police officers, as reported on Tuesday, November 1.

Eleven people have been arrested in the operation in Elche, Murcia and the region of Vega Baja.

Elche police seized 250 kilos of marijuana, two pistols with ammunition, bulletproof vests and fake National Police badges, as well as police sirens for their vehicles.

Police were tipped off to the gang after receiving a call from a warehouse worker in the Carrús industrial estate in Elche who alerted them to a possible robbery being committed in a neighbouring warehouse.

The worker told police that he had seen several hooded people wearing balaclavas and provided the details of a van in which they were travelling, as well as the direction of escape.

Police caught up with the van but when they were spotted, two of the suspects darted for another vehicle to try to continue their escape.

However, police officers were able to cut them off and prevented them from reaching the vehicle, whereupon the two suspects attempted to flee the scene.

The officers were able to arrest the two suspects along with the driver of the van.

Those arrested were young Spaniards aged between 26 and 29.

Upon inspection of the van, police found 32 large cardboard shoe boxes containing 250 kilos of vacuum-packed marijuana, as well as robbery tools.

The news comes after National Police arrested a 39-year-old man in the Alicante town of Elche for allegedly renting previously evicted homes.

On Thursday, October 27, it was reported that the man allegedly located empty homes in Alicante’s Elche that were left uninhabited after the previous tenants had been evicted and then began renting them out illegally.


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Matthew Roscoe

Originally from the UK, Matthew is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]

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