Cocaine ‘super-cartel’ fronted by British drugs lord is busted with 49 arrested across Europe and Dubai: Cops seize supercars, luxury villas and piles of cash in ‘historic’ raids


  • Drugs ‘super-cartel’ that controlled third of Europe’s cocaine trade busted
  • Huge international operation seized 30 tonnes of cocaine as well as supercars 
  • Spanish police officers have described the leader of gang as ‘British national’
A huge drugs ‘super-cartel’ that controlled a third of Europe’s cocaine trade has been busted by police officers, with 49 arrests in countries including France and Dubai.
The ‘historic’ international operation seized 30 tonnes of cocaine, as well as the gang’s supercars, luxury villas and piles of cash.
Spanish police said the leader of the organisation is a ‘British national’ who fled his former base on the Costa del Sol for Dubai, where the Kinahan organised crime group are based, after a kidnap attempt. He was later arrested in Dubai.
Another British man was arrested on the Costa del Sol, a Spanish police source said, as officers raided a series of villas in Marbella, Madrid and Barcelona.

The international effort also involved arrests in France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, the EU’s police agency said in a statement.
‘The drugpins considered as high-value targets by Europol had come together to form what was known as a ‘super cartel’ which controlled around one third of the cocaine trade in Europe,’ the EU’s law enforcement agency Europol said.
‘The scale of cocaine importation into Europe under the suspects’ control and command was massive and over 30 tonnes of drugs were seized by law enforcement over the course of the investigations.’
Europol said Dubai had arrested two ‘high-value’ suspects who are linked to the Netherlands, another two linked to Spain and two more connected to France.
‘One of the Dutch suspects is an extremely big fish,’ a Europol source told French news outlet AFP on condition of anonymity.
Ten people were arrested in Belgium, six in France and 13 in Spain. Another 14 people were arrested in 2021 in the Netherlands as part of the same operation, Europol said. Six high level targets were arrested in Dubai.
The Spanish police said more than 500,000 euros (£433,000) was confiscated during a raid on a series of luxury villas in Spain, along with three weapons, high-end cars and luxury watches.
The Civil Guard say some of the vehicles were worth around 300,000 euros (£260,000).

The international effort also involved arrests in France, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands, the EU’s police agency said in a statement. Pictured: Police arrest a suspect in Spain 

 

 

 

 

The huge international operation seized 30 tonnes of cocaine, as well as the gang’s supercars, luxury villas and piles of cash in the ‘historic’ raids

 

 

 

Ten people were arrested in Belgium, six in France and 13 in Spain. Another 14 people were arrested in 2021 in the Netherlands as part of the same operation, Europol said. Six high level targets were arrested in Dubai

 

 

 

 

 

The Spanish police said more than 500,000 euros (£433,000) was confiscated during the raid, along with three weapons, high-end cars and luxury watches

 

 

 

The Spanish part of the International police operation has resulted in the arrest of 15 people
Footage released by the Civil Guard today showed heavily-armed officers forcing their way into mansions where they made some of the arrests and taking away suspects in handcuffs.
In Spain, the Civil Guard said their operation, dubbed Operation Faukas, had begun with the seizure of 700 kilos of cocaine in the port of Valencia in March 2020.
A spokesman for the Spanish force said: ‘During the investigation, officers discovered a criminal organisation was smuggling containers with cocaine inside through the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras.
‘They also established that a complex real estate business had been organised on the Costa del Sol to launder the proceeds of the profits obtained from the drug-smuggling.
‘The leader of this organisation was identified as a British man linked to the Costa del Sol who had to leave Spain and move to Dubai after he was the subject of a kidnap attempt.

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By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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