Spanish police seize more than 2 tons of cocaine hidden in charcoal

Spanish police have seized more than two tons of 코카인 and arrested 12 people allegedly involved in a large scale drugs smuggling network with connections to Paraguay and Brazil.

Authorities investigated the networkmembers of which had attempted to cover their tracks by setting up legitimate businessesfor more than a year, according to a statement from Spain’s national police on Monday.
The investigation culminated in the arrests and the seizure of 2,065 킬로그램 (2.28 US tons) hidden in a shipment of 40,000 킬로그램 (44.1 US tons) of charcoal at the port of Algeciras in southern Spain.
The drugs were hidden inside a container of charcoal sent from Paraguay.

At the beginning of 2020, police identified members of the organization based in the provinces of Murcia and Seville who were building an apparently legitimate business importing dozens of containers of charcoal from South America to the port of Barcelona.
하나, complications due to storage issues and the coronavirus pandemic meant the group moved their operations to the port of Algeciras in southern Spain in mid-April, 경찰이 말했다.
Police pieced together the structure of the network, which included two families with key members in Brazil and Paraguay who coordinated cocaine shipments, while others in Seville created businesses which appeared to be dedicated to importing charcoal, rice, molasses or medical products.
Police said the leaders of the network recruited people to act as fronts for the businesses to hide their involvement, and a known money launderer based in Valencia acted as an emissary between them and the business owners.
Police said the money launderer used cryptocurrencies to hide money, and is known to work withmany criminal groups from Eastern Europe and South Americainvolved in the trafficking of drugs, weapons and people.
The sophistication of the network meant police had to tap more than 100 phones and follow suspects in various Spanish provinces.
During the course of the investigation, agents also searched 16 homes and businesses as well as almost 200 containers sent to Spain from Brazil and Paraguay, 성명을 말했다.
모두 12 have been charged, with six being held in custody and six being released under specific conditions. Their names have not been publicly released.

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