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Narcos dressed as cops steal two tonnes of hash from other dealers in Spain

Police have busted a narco gang in southern Spain whose French and Spanish members posed as security forces while stealing hashish from other drug dealers, the interior ministry said Friday.

Narcos dressed as cops steal two tonnes of hash from other dealers in Spain
Photo: Guardia Civil

In the joint Franco-Spanish operation, police detained seven people and seized more than 1,700 kilos of hashish, as well as guns, unspecified police equipment and a “sophisticated system of number plate duplication,” it said in a statement.

“To rob drugs, they pretended to be members of state security forces with the help of false ID, guns with a lot of ammunition and police equipment,” it added.

The gang would then distribute the hashish in Spain and France.

Drug gangs are becoming increasingly bold in southern Spain, unloading hashish on beaches in broad daylight and clashing with police, alarming authorities.The Spanish government has responded by sending extra police to the area. 

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Spain’s Civil Guard police officers allowed to have visible tattoos

Spain on Monday relaxed its policy banning officers from the country's oldest police force, the Guardia Civil, from exhibiting tattoos.

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The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use. Photo: Rafa Rivas/AFP

Officers will now be allowed to display tattoos anywhere on their bodies “as long as they do not contain expressions that violate constitutional values or harm the discipline or image of the force,” the interior minister said in a statement.

“For the first time visible tattoos will be allowed on uniformed officers,” it added.

On the other hand, the decree prohibits hoop earrings, spikes, plugs and other inserts when they are visible in uniform, “except regular earrings, for both male and female personnel”.

The Guardia Civil mainly patrols and investigates crimes in rural areas, while Spain’s National Police focuses on urban areas.

Last year Spain’s leftist government appointed a woman to head the force for the first time in its 177-year history.

The increasing popularity of tattoos has led police forces around the world to regulate their use.

Los Angeles police are required to ensure that tattoos are not visible to the public while on-duty, while France’s Gendarmes police force also requires that they be covered.

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