POST Online Media Lite Edition


Spain: 30 arrested in crackdown against large-scale drug trafficking network

Christian Fernsby |
The Spanish Guardia Civil has dismantled a criminal network engaged in large-scale drug trafficking from South America to Europe.

Article continues below

Europol supported the operation against the criminals, who used an elaborate modus operandi to retrieve smuggled cocaine from shipping containers in the Spanish port of Algeciras.

The organisation relied on a dedicated front companies to launder the illicit proceeds gained by drug trafficking.

Investigators started looking into this case in late 2022, when 500 kilograms of cocaine were found in a lorry leaving a container terminal.

A group of lorry drivers, all working for the same freight transport company, had been using their access to a specific port terminal to remove cocaine from shipping containers.

The arrests made that day marked the starting point for further investigations, eventually leading to the dismantling of the entire criminal network, including its leader, the persons responsible for drug distribution and logistics, and the money launderers.

Members of the criminal network had set up a network of services to facilitate the illegal importation of drugs, which relied partly on the help of port workers.

The approach used by the criminals was to enter the container terminal of the Port of Algeciras in lorries under the guise of carrying out legal activities. Once inside the terminal area, one of the criminals would open the containers with hidden drug shipments.

The illegal merchandise was then loaded onto a lorry and moved out of the port. The criminals relied on facilitators inside the port, who would also alert them of possible law enforcement activity, to remove the merchandise.

The organisation's money laundering typologies involved companies registered in the name of front men, as well bank accounts used to deposit criminal funds and conduct wire transfers.

At the same time, these companies and front men provided the complex infrastructure needed for to distribute the cocaine.

The results of the operation include:

• 23 houses searched in Spain
• 30 suspects arrested
• total value of assets seized estimated at EUR 40 million
• EUR 172 000 in cash seized
• 10 vehicles, jewellery and luxury watches seized
• one assault submachine gun and two pistols, one conducted energy device, and personal defence equipment seized
• a large number of cutting tools for opening sea containers and port worker uniforms (used to blend in at container terminals) seized
• 1 000 kilograms of cocaine, 250 grams of hashish and a bag of marijuana seized
• mobiles phones and other IT devices seized

What to read next

Australian police arrest 6 men after investigation into transnational drug ring
Spain eased entry procedures for for touristic purposes from Gulf
Spain dismantled international organization that defrauded more than 5,000,000 euros through sophisticated cyber-scam

MedAlliance acquired by Cordis for up to USD 1.135 billion

Swiss medical technology company MedAlliance has been acquired by Cordis for an investment of $35m and upfront closing payment of $200m, together with regulatory achievement milestones of up to $125m and commercial milestones of up to $775m through 2029, for a total consideration of up to $1.135 billion.


Deer farmer in New Zealand fined $12,000 for not tagging 278 NAIT animals
Natuzzi Q2 revenue €83.5 million
Malaysia striving for self sufficiency in onion production
Goldman Sachs to pay $3 million to settle CFTC charges


At least eight killed in heavy rain and lightning in India

More seaborne cigarette smuggling foiled in Hong Kong
Bulgaria: Energy workers, miners continue protests on Sunday, demand Energy Minister's resignation
IAF helicopter makes emergency landing in Bhopal after technical glitch
Plane crash kills 6 in Zimbabwe
U.S.: Heavy rain in Florida; dry, windy conditions in Central Rockies


Federal Railroad Administration presents $23.7m grant to Tennessee Department of Transportation

£4 billion UK contracts progresses AUKUS submarine design
Highlights: September 25, 2023 - September 29, 2023
3 cargo vessels left Ukrainian ports, 4 new ones to arrive
EU launches first phase of world's first carbon border tariff
First commercial flight from Libya to Italy in almost 10 years takes off

Trending Now

Mercedes-Benz vehicle preparation center inaugurated in Mexico

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico buys real estate company on Tijuana Airport

New Zealand to add 100 new public EV chargers to national network

Northvolt to open battery facility in Quebec, create up to 3,000 jobs


Argentina and Paraguay work to resolve waterway dispute

U.S. sets aside $500 million in grants for smaller chip suppliers
New Zealand to add 100 new public EV chargers to national network
California Governor: We don't have money for striking workers' checks
Foreign Ministry: Africa interested in placement of Ukrainian arms production on its territory
Ontario raising minimum wage October 1

Today We Recommend

France’s Le Maire says EU must stop aiding China, U.S. factories


Northvolt to open battery facility in Quebec, create up to 3,000 jobs

AGCO will acquire an 85% interest in Trimble’s portfolio for $2.0 billion

Nel Hydrogen to build gigafactory in Plymouth Township bringing 517 jobs to Michigan


Future Motion recalls 300,000 electric skateboards after four deaths

Galveston Wharves: $42.3 million in state funding for cargo projects
CakeBoxx Technologies and Serco to address shipping lithium ion batteries problem
Mercedes-Benz vehicle preparation center inaugurated in Mexico
Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico buys real estate company on Tijuana Airport
Northvolt to open battery facility in Quebec, create up to 3,000 jobs


Inalfa Roof Systems Group appoints Georges Andary as new CEO

AAX Biotech names new CEO
65 Equity Partners appoints two senior partners
Krank appoints David McCarthy as global head of sales
Lithium Energi Exploration appoints Jason Nalewanyj as CFO
High Liner Foods appoints Paul Jewer as interim CEO


Albania GDP up 3.23 pct YoY in Q2

Canada's economy stalls in July
IMF expects China to meet 2023 growth target
Bahrain imports rise 3% to $1.4 billion
Vietnam's GDP up 5.53 pct in Q3
Germany: Import prices 16.4% lower in August 2023 compared with August 2022


Accenture Q4 revenues $16.0 billion

CarMax Q2 revenues $7.1 billion
BlackBerry Q2 revenue $132 million
Nike Q1 profit $1.45 billion
Jefferies Q3 earnings $51 million
S&W Seed revenue $73.5 million


Micromanaging is the worst enemy of efficiency and teamwork

Niger set to monetize massive gas reserves through Saharan natural gas pipeline
Putting the brakes on EV folly that choked the market
Oil discovery in Kavango Basin may mean huge benefits for Namibians
Cape Town and Dubai battle over Africa's energy future
Is America going to lose its superpower status?


Export of Filipino avocados to South Korea began

Half of food products in Spain become more expensive despite price caps
Hundreds of Dutch farms grappling with bluetongue virus
Lukashenko presents his vision of village of future
Governments investing in Ontario's maple syrup sector
China permits Russian pork supplies to its market


When you fail on a job interview, do what actors do

Handsome bank CEOs can earn a million more than their less attractive colleagues
Investors less likely to sell losing stocks when entire portfolio is at loss
How managers can encourage employees to share their best ideas
More than 50% of software leader roles will explicitly require oversight of generative AI
Gartner survey: Half of candidates accepted job offer and backed out before starting


Albemarle to pay SEC more than $103 million to settle FCPA violations

SEC charges Electric Vehicle for misleading revenue projections ahead of SPAC merger
Exelon to pay $46.2m penalty to settle SEC fraud charges
Dufresne to pay $3.25 million penalty to settle Competition Bureau Canada concerns over marketing claims
New York judge found Donald Trump liable for fraud, effectiely kills his business in state
Deutsche Bank subsidiary DWS to pay $25 million for anti-money laundering violations and misstatements



500 exhibitors coming to Watch and Jewellery Middle East Show

Iconic Buffalo Roundup in South Dakota
Urban(R)Evolution, celebration of graffiti art
151 room Taj the Trees hotel opens in Mumbai
Festival of films made by kids returns to Blatimore, Md.
World's glass blowing artists will come to Jack Pine Glass Pumpkin Festival


Bentley Bentayga, ultimate luxury and chiropractor

Indian Chief, homage to glory days of American motorcycling
Ares Modena S1 is real take on Corvette
Toyota to launch new Century in Japan
Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale, pure beauty with 750 hp
Grand Soleil 40, fast and responsive boat


What to do and what not to do when designing your living room

Yves Delorme, luxury linen for kings and you
Graff, obsession with perfection
Ballerina kitchens, the dance of style and function
Big ideas for small interiors
How to choose colors for your walls


Hegel H600, powerhouse 303 watts amplifier

Tecno Phantom flip phone, great device you shouldn't touch
HP Spectre Foldable PC, interesting laptop but $5000 for it is way too much
Deutsche Telekom Fairphone 5, sustainable and ethical smartphone you can repair yourself
Canon MS-500, ultra sensitive camera for professionals
Nikon Z 8, full frame mirrorless camera for professionals


Dengue vaccine tests successful for first time in Bangladesh

Large study confirms Tetris helps women after traumatic birth
EMA recommends non-renewal of authorisation of multiple myeloma medicine Blenrep
Iran breaks U.S. monopoly in production of stroke medication
GSK’s Arexvy RSV vaccine approved in Japan for adults aged 60 and above
Americans to get free COVID-19 test


Indian spacecraft heads towards center of solar system

China unveils its Moon plans
Milky Way mass much smaller than expectations from cosmology
CERN says antimatter responds to gravity
Arctic sea ice sixth lowest on record
China launches its latest remote sensing satellite