1 Aug, 2023 @ 10:00
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Spain’s National Police and Colombian authorities deal major blow to Mexican Zetas drug gang

Arrest of Zetas boss in Madrid
National Police

THE BOSS in Europe of the notorious Zetas Mexican drug gang has been arrested in Madrid, in an operation that netted the authorities 400 kilos of cocaine and €220,000 in cash. 

A total of five people were detained in the raids, which the National Police described as a second blow to criminal organisations from Mexico that will prevent them from setting up operations in Spain. 

The National Police were working in conjunction with the Colombian authorities in order to bust the organisation.

The authorities focussed their attention on the head of the Zetas in Europe, a drug trafficker who was resident in Madrid but was known for his nomadic lifestyle. His travelling from country to country made the work of investigators more difficult. 

The chief of the organisation also held regular meetings with a range of different figures, making it more difficult for police to determine which of these was an important person within the organisation. 

A recent spike in the number of meetings he was holding tipped off the authorities to the possibility that a large shipment of cocaine could be about to arrive in Spain.

As well as seizing the drugs and the money, police also secured two vehicles, 10 mobile phones and documents of interest for their investigations.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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