16 May, 2024 @ 08:00
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Biggest coke and MDMA busts in Balearic history: Police seize TWO TONNES of cocaine and 11,000 pills of ecstasy heading to Mallorca just as summer season starts

DRUGS might be harder to come by in Ibiza for a while after a police swooped on nearly two tonnes of cocaine with the now-notorious swastika branding.

Separately, a 58-year-old Dutchman was stopped at Palma airport carrying 10,900 MDMA pills and 2.1 kilos of amphetamines.

The two busts mark the largest hauls of MDMA and cocaine respectively and the dismantling of the biggest criminal organisation smuggling cocaine in the Balearic Islands to date.

As well as 1,821 kilos of coke, police also hauled in 3,300 ecstasy pills, 500 kilos of cutting agents, and 90 kilos of ketamine, and made an impressive 82 arrests.

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Police seized almost two tonnes of cocaine heading towards the Balearics, some bearing the notorious Nazi branding

The Guardia Civil and the Policia Nacional had both independently been pursuing a trafficking gang based out of Barcelona that moved the drugs into the Balearics.

When the two police bodies realised they were after the same target, they joined forces and set up a joint investigation group. 

The traffickers used lorry drivers who took advantage of their work in legitimate firms to make the drug shipments without the companies’ knowledge. 

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Nearly 11,000 ecstasy pills were discovered in luggage at Palma de Mallorca airport

They constantly changed trucks and drivers to throw investigators off the scent, leading to a police team dedicating all their time to this one case.

The investigation, which involved police from both Barcelona and Mallorca, spanned over 18 months and arrested 72 people in an earlier phase.

A 58-year-old Dutchman was arrested

During other joint operations, 63 kilos of cocaine in packages known as ‘bricks’, 90 kilos of ketamine, 3,300 ecstasy pills, 500 kilos of cutting agent and €460,000 were seized. 

Three cocaine processing laboratories located in the province of Barcelona were also dismantled.

On March 6, cops opened a container at the port of Barcelona, where they found 649 kilos of cocaine hidden among plastic boxes. 

This container had arrived at the port a few days earlier from Panama, resulting in ten more people arrested.

Walter Finch

Walter - or Walt to most people - is a former and sometimes still photographer and filmmaker who likes to dig under the surface.
A NCTJ-trained journalist, he came to the Costa del Sol - Gibraltar hotspot from the Daily Mail in 2022 to report on organised crime, corruption, financial fraud and a little bit of whatever is going on.
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