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Spain busts drug ring led by British ex-marine

Spanish police said Monday they had broken up a hashish smuggling ring with the arrest of 10 people including its suspected leader, a former British marine.

Spain busts drug ring led by British ex-marine
Photo: Jorge Guerrero/AFP

Officers arrested the suspects last week in the southern provinces of Cádiz and Málaga as well as in Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta, the National Police said in a statement.

Among those arrested was the alleged leader of the ring, a former British Royal Navy marine “with extensive nautical knowledge” who is suspected of transporting the drugs by sea.

The unidentified man, who lived in a “luxury complex” in Cádiz, had “ties with criminal organisations in European nations such as Britain and Ukraine,” where the ring sent its drugs.

He owned several firms which allegedly sold and rented boats that he used to transport the hashish as well as shell companies to launder the money earned from drug smuggling, police said.

Police seized a sailboat and two yachts as well as 1.6 tonnes of hashish as part of the operation, which was carried out in cooperation with Britain’sNational Crime Agency.

Spain’s close ties with its former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine-producing region, and its proximity to Morocco, a major hashish
producer, have made it a key entry point for drugs bound for Europe.

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Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo’s Ibiza house

Six people have been arrested in connection with the €3-million burglary at the house belonging to former Brazil forward Ronaldo, AFP learned on Thursday from sources close to the investigation.

Six arrested in connection with burglary at Ronaldo's Ibiza house

Paris Saint-Germain player Marco Verratti was staying at Ronaldo’s house in Ibiza but was not home when the burglars struck on Monday, making off with jewellery and money.

Two people were arrested in the port of Denia in eastern Spain and four others were held in the southern city of Malaga, these sources told AFP without further details.

According to the Spanish press, four of the six arrested are Albanian, the other two being a Spaniard and a Romanian, making up an organised gang specialising in burglary.

Press reports also claim that the Spanish police recovered a large part of the loot, estimated at around €3 million.

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