WITH weekly drugs busts involving significant quantities of narcotics or hashish, the Costa del Sol evidently remains a happy hiding ground for many traffickers and other criminals, whose presence gave rise to the notorious ‘Costa del Crime’ moniker three decades ago.
Now, a future television project from Warner Bros in association with Spanish channel Telecinco, which is owned by Italian media giant Mediaset, has set alarm bells ringing in town halls from Malaga to Marbella.
The fictional series will focus on drug trafficking in the 1970s and its working title is ‘Costa del Sol,’ with the news already causing much gnashing of teeth within the local tourism sector.
It will apparently be based on real events from that period, focusing on a Local Police anti-drugs unit who operated without today’s technological advances.
Miguel Sanchez, president of the Tourism Council of the Andalucian Confederation of Businessmen, could hardly contain his outrage as he yelled, “This shows a blatant lack of respect for a brand recognised internationally as a destination renowned for its excellence in tourism, not by having links to drug trafficking!”