Alleged drug transport group disbanded

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AN alleged drug transporting and money laundering group has been broken up and seven people arrested in a Guardia Civil operation.

Of the seven arrested, three of them were Spanish, three French and one was Dutch. They were arrested in Coin, Alhaurin el Grande, Marbella and various French cities, the force reported, and all seven have been sent to jail to await trial.

Since the group was first detected in December 2013 a total of 1,010 kilos of hashish, which the group allegedly received in Spain and transported to France for larger drug-trafficking groups, as well as €24,000 in cash, a lorry and trailer, six cars, 21 mobile phones and paperwork relating to the case have been confiscated.

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Although the group remained inactive for some time after three members were arrested in France in December 2013 and relocated up to three times, the police picked their trail up again, when they were loading drugs into hidden compartments in vehicles, and intercepted them in Marbella.

In an attempt to stay under the radar, the group reportedly carried children in the vehicles as passengers thinking the police would assume they were families with nothing to hide.

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