Drug Trafficking Ring Dismantled

An investigation by Spanish and Belgian police resulted in the dismantling of a major drug trafficking and money laundering operation, according to Europol and Eurojust.

The investigation has been going on for more than one year and resulted in the  arrest of 46 suspected members of an organized crime group.

In addition to the arrests Operation Tunido/Boemerang also saw the seizure of more than five tons of hashish, two fishing boats, 77 vehicles, 20 buildings, five companies and €225,230 in cash.

A leather shop in Malaga, Spain served as the front for a money laundering operation that handled more than €13 million in 2012. Since 2007 an estimated €50 million in earnings from trafficking hashish has been laundered.

The organized crime group received cannabis shipments from Africa that were transferred from Morocco to Spain by boat where it was moved to other European countries or stored locally.