Spanish Police Arrest 29 In Drug Bust
By Dialogo August 03, 2009Spanish police arrested 29 people, the majority of them members of one clan, for allegedly distributing cocaine in the southern city of Jerez de la Frontera, police spokesmen said. The gang obtained the cocaine in Madrid from several Colombians, who were also arrested in the operation. Two other suspects have been charged with covering up the gang's activities, police said. More than 100 police officers took part in "Operation Corralito," conducting 16 searches, 10 of which were simultaneous. Officers seized more than three kilos of cocaine, 11 vehicles, two pistols, more than 20,000 euros (about $28,000) in cash and a large quantity of jewelry. The first phase of the operation was carried out in early July, when investigators found out that the gang had shipped two kilos of cocaine from Madrid. Police learned that two Colombians arrived in Jerez from Madrid for a meeting with buyers on July 7. All the people involved in the deal were arrested when the drugs changed hands. Drugs were found in a vehicle belonging to one of the Colombians, leading to the arrests of nine suspects, police said. The 16 searches were conducted in the second phase of the operation, resulting in the dismantling of three sites used to distribute small amounts of cocaine, police said. Officers arrested 20 suspects in the second phase of the operation, including the gang's leaders, and seized more property.