Armed police carried out the search very early on Tuesday morning. / josele

Nine arrested in Nueva Andalucía as part of nationwide anti-drugs operation

Guardia Civil officers in balaclava helmets and bulletproof vests searched premises on La Campana industrial estate in Marbella during an early-morning raid

IRENE QUIRANTE MALAGA.

Nine people have been arrested in Malaga province as part of a nationwide police anti-drugs operation. Early on Tuesday morning Guardia Civil officers in balaclavas and bullet-proof vests raided premises on La Campana industrial estate in Nueva Andalucía, Marbella, including a repair workshop specialising in luxury vehicles.

Simultaneous operations took place in other parts of Spain, and in total around a dozen arrests were made.

The investigation into the criminal organisation is being led by a court in Valencia, which authorised searches of numerous houses and business premises in different provinces. The gang is believed to be trafficking a variety of substances, but no further information has been made available and the investigation is still continuing.

Two operations in October

The Guardia Civil in Malaga province also carried out two other operations last month. One was in Fuengirola, Mijas and Torremolinos on 19 October, in which 16 people were detained and searches of 11 homes and businesses resulted in the seizure of 500,000 euros in cash, different quantities of marijuana, numerous vehicles, police material, documentation and computer equipment.

The previous operation was two weeks earlier, on 4 October, in the Puerta Blanca area. This aimed at identifying members of a drug-trafficking and money laundering organisation, and 20 people were detained in Malaga and Barcelona.