NINE Mancunians have been arrested by the Guardia Civil in Mallorca’s most prominent holiday destination of Magaluf.
The six men and three women, who are all believed to originate from the Manchester area, were arrested following an investigation launched by the Guardia Civil in conjunction with Spain’s National Crime Agency.
A quantity of various drugs – including cocaine, crystal meth and ecstasy – were seized in the raid, along with €24,000 cash and drug dealing paraphernalia.
The nine were placed under arrest on suspicion of belonging to a criminal organisation and drug trafficking.
In total, eight locations were raided by the authorities, and although most of the premises were located outside the centre, one of the houses from where the dealers operated was in Punta Ballena, on Magaluf’s main strip.
Police in Mallorca have noticed a steep rise in the amount of drug related crime during the summer, and pin it down to the ready buyers that can be found amongst tourists.
The authorities are determined to clamp down on drug-related crime in the region, especially after the recent bad-press the destination has received thanks to recent scandals.
A Guardia Civil spokesperson said that anti-drugs operations are heightened every year in holiday resorts all over Mallorca, and the authorities take a particularly harsh line with organisations who attempt to sell designer drugs to tourists.
The operation has been hailed as an excellent example of the close work done between the Spanish and British authorities.