5 Jun, 2023 @ 11:28
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British drugs gang arrested on Spain’s Costa Blanca for exporting marijuana to Ireland

British drugs gang arrested on Spain's Costa Blanca for exporting marijuana to Ireland
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A BRITISH drug trafficking gang operating out of southern Alicante province has been arrested by the Guardia Civil.

Two properties in San Miguel de Salinas and the Orihuela Costa were raided, resulting in the detention of three British men and a Romanian woman, aged between 23 and 33 years.

San Miguel De Salinas Arrest

The Guardia operation was launched in February after more than two kilos of marijuana destined for Ireland in two postal packages were intercepted at Madrid airport.

Another shipment was stopped leaving the airport and the Guardia identified the British ringleader as responsible for trying to send the packet along with a Romanian woman based on the Orihuela Costa- both had existing police records for other types of crime.

In March, the Brit got spooked by a Guardia patrol vehicle while he was speaking on a mobile phone at a Madrid area petrol station.

Believing they were about to arrest him, he ran away on foot and clambered over several fences before disappearing close to the high speed rail lines.

Left behind at his van at the station were four suitcases crammed with 54 kilos of marijuana.

Investigators discovered that the fugitive was hiding at a home in San Miguel de Salinas, which was occupied by two other British nationals.

They collaborated in logistical functions of the drug trafficking operations as well as selling narcotics to local buyers.

The house was strongly protected, ‘with security cameras and three dogs classified as potentially dangerous’, the Guardia said in a statement.


Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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