An operation between Spain Y France allowed the dismantling of an organization accused of introducing cocaine into Europe through sailboats from America, with fifteen detainees and one thousand kilos of this drug seized, the Spanish Police and Civil Guard reported on Tuesday.
Most of the cocaine, 740 kilos, was seized last December on one of the sailboats that was boarded on the high seas northeast of the Azores islands by police forces from both countries embarked on a Spanish Navy ship.
The rest were located in a “safe house” that two French brothers, who allegedly led the organization, had in the center of Paris, according to these sources.
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The operation garlankore It began in 2021 and was coordinated by Eurojust, the European agency for judicial cooperation, since the organization supposedly had two branches, one Spanish, in charge of contacts with drug suppliers in Colombia and Venezuela, and another French, which dealt with distribution. of the drug.
The network is accused of preparing cocaine shipments from the Caribbean to Europe on sailboats and then distributing them throughout the Spanish provinces of Cádiz and Málaga and the Ile de France region, which includes Paris and its metropolitan area.
The investigators detected during their investigations meetings with historical members of the mafia in Marseille (France), among them a well-known French criminal linked for decades to organized crime and bank robbery, who had been convicted in France of murdering a police officer during a robbery, said these sources.
In addition to meetings with alleged Venezuelan partners in Spain, according to a statement from the Police and the Civil Guard.
Spanish and French security forces seized nearly 800,000 euros in cash, firearms, satellite equipment for boats, vehicles and numerous mobile phones, some with encrypted communication systems.
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