Spanish police have seized 827,000 ecstasy tablets, 76kg of velocity, 39.5kg of crystal meth and 217 litres of liquid amphetamine within the nation’s largest ever confiscation of artificial medicine.
Eleven individuals – from Spain, the Netherlands, Romania, Colombia and Italy – have been arrested throughout a joint investigation by the Guardia Civil and Nationwide Police forces, in keeping with a press release. It stated specialist officers had come beneath hearth from a member of the gang whereas raiding considered one of their properties.
The gang – described as “an important felony organisation devoted to the manufacture and trafficking of artificial medicine within the historical past of Spanish drug trafficking” – funded its operations by smuggling enormous portions of cannabis and marijuana to the UK and the Netherlands.
The smugglers hid the cannabis and marijuana in three-phase electrical transformers that have been shipped overseas with traditional automobiles. As soon as the transformers arrived within the Netherlands, the cannabis and marijuana have been eliminated and changed with artificial medicine for the return journey.
“The subsequent part, as soon as the artificial medicine arrived in Spain, was processing,” stated the assertion.
“The gang used ‘cooks’ – consultants in making velocity, methamphetamine or MDMA – working in two laboratories that the criminals had arrange in Barcelona.”
The medicine have been then distributed throughout Spain utilizing rent automobiles and automobiles with hidden compartments.
The police operation, which lasted almost a 12 months, resulted within the second-largest ecstasy seizure in Europe over the previous 20 years.
“It’s additionally value noting that of all of the substances seized, the 217 litres of liquid amphetamine would – had it been processed within the organisation’s Barcelona laboratories – have produced 738kg of velocity, making it the largest ever amphetamine seizure in Spain,” the assertion stated.
Officers, who searched addresses in Barcelona, Seville, Ibiza and Málaga, additionally confiscated 2,000 doses of LSD, 310kg of cannabis, 89kg of pre-packaged marijuana, two pistols, a pair of mortar shells, a machete, 9 automobiles and a complete of €267,000.
The 11 individuals arrested are going through expenses together with drug trafficking, belonging to a felony organisation and illegally possessing weapons. Eight of them are on remand.