Mega drug trial as 57 take the stand

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A MEGA-TRIAL of 57 people accused of drug-dealing will begin in Palma on Monday (January 14).

It will be the culmination of a massive police operation, codenamed Kabul, which was launched in October 2007 focusing on criminal families in several areas of Palma and Capdepera, including the Son Banya settlement.

The investigation led to the seizure of dozens of kilos of heroin, cocaine and hash resin as well as €855,000 in cash, numerous jewels and documents, and 11 vehicles.  On top of that 500 fighting cocks and 30 horses allegedly used for money laundering operations were also confiscated.

The trial will be held in a specially-designated room big enough to hold the defendants and their lawyers on the Son Rossinyol industrial estate.

Francisca Cortes Picazo – the alleged matriarch of one of the main drug-dealing clans in Palma’s Son Banya settlement and already serving 16 years and nine months in jail for money-laundering and threats – will take the stand facing an additional 19-and-a-half years in prison.

The prosecution will ask for the 57 defendants to be jailed for a total of 680 years.

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