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Severe blow dealt to large drug-trafficking network

Boats used for trafficking seized by police in Cadiz.
Boats used for trafficking seized by police in Cadiz. / Ragel.EFE
  • 30 members of the notorious ‘Los Castañas’ gang, which has an extensive network of collaborators across Andalucía and Morocco, have been arrested

The National Police have inflicted a major blow to drug traffickers in the Campo de Gibraltar area after arresting 30 members of the notorious ‘Los Castañas’ gang, which has an extensive network of collaborators across Andalucía and Morocco.

Working in collaboration with Moroccan police, officers were able to arrest the individuals, including one in Rabat, as well as seizing a tonne of hashish, 350,000 euros in cash, 16 vehicles, three boats, various firearms and 17 properties to the value of three million euros, as well as block 24 bank accounts linked to money laundering.

The investigation, ongoing since 2015, also found that the gang would bribe families without a previous criminal history with cars and houses if they would cooperate with hiding the drugs.